Present at the creation, but of what?

David Brooks is the New York Times columnist who is distinctive in two respects. He’s the Times’s only conservative columnist, and he’s the Times’s only columnist with a sense of humor. His sense of humor was on display in “Feel the love,” his column on the Democratic candidates’ presidential forum at Drexel University last week. In “Present at the creation,” his column yesterday on Secretary Rice’s peace processing, Brooks asks: “What is Condi doing?” His answer:

The peace process is an occasion to gather the


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