Brooks, while appearing on PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer claims that it was "obvious" there were no shovel-ready projects but said he didn't report on it because Obama wouldn't tell him on the record. The least he could have done was taken a position that opposed the stimulus if that claim is true.
Via Michelle Malkin:
MARK SHIELDS: How would you like to be a Democratic member of the House fighting for your life right now, getting hit over the head for having voted for the stimulus bill, and have the president say in The New York Times Sunday magazine, there’s no such thing as a shovel-ready project?Let there be zero doubt that David Brooks is a liberal in conservative clothing. Fast forward to the 10:00 mark to watch this exchange between Lehrer, Brooks, and Mark Shields.
JIM LEHRER: Yes. That was — that’s the piece that’s been — that particular quote has really been drawing the flies — the fleas, has it not?
DAVID BROOKS: Yes. Well, I shouldn’t have confessed this. He said this to me off the record about a year ago. But it hasn’t…
JIM LEHRER: Off the record? So, then you can’t talk about it.
DAVID BROOKS: Yes, because Peter Baker is a better than I am, because I couldn’t get him to go on the record with that thing.
JIM LEHRER: He said this to you a year ago?
DAVID BROOKS: It was obvious. I mean, you are trying to build a stimulus package. And when they were trying to build it, believe me, they would have loved to have filled it with infrastructure jobs. But the projects just didn’t exist. They couldn’t do it. They couldn’t find them.