One of the great things about Rule 2, in addition to receiving reciprocal links, is that one is introduced to so many other fine blogs. For example, Political Castaway has an amusing post that suggests that, if Obama can fire corporate CEO's (not to mention poor Mr. Patel at the Main Street 7-11), then it's only fair that China, as one of the U.S.'s leading creditors, should have the right to fire our president.
And there's this other valuable Rule 2 perk: numerous opportunities for fisking David Brooks, or, as in this case, just watching Brooks self-fisk. Two things about the video: one, I wonder if the caller isn't a variation on the astroturfing theme, and two, according to Brooks, we are now, apparently, one with the Body of Obama ("rooting for the president is rooting for ourselves.") Using the connotation of "root" as it is employed by our Australian friends, the American taxpayer is the only one presently getting rooted.
Just a quick observation: I know we can't help how we look (God knows, I'm no prize), but even Brooks' facial expressions annoy me. As he sits there listening to the caller's question, his plump face congealed into a half-somnolent complacency, he puts me in mind of a fellow who's just settled down with his opium pipe and is waiting for the pleasant dreams to kick in.
Update: See? Rule 2 works like a charm.