There are many gems in the speech, but I particularly liked his take on the two Davids, Brooks and Frump [sic].
Tanenhaus's theme was anticipated shortly after the '08 elections by David Frump and David Brooks. They are conservatism's Branch Davidians, who occasionally attempt suicide in the newspapers, only to be saved from oblivion by Liberals who find their columns somehow wonderful.The one upside to Mr. Tyrrell's tragic defeat in the Chicago mayoral race - the result, no doubt, of a massive fraud pulled off by cigar-chewing Democratic party bosses and their private army of corrupt ward-heelers! - the one upside, I say, is that Our Hero can continue to devote himself to the production of his wonderful Menckenesque prose.
Update: "Duh!", as they say. The Chicago mayor's race hasn't taken place yet. Nonetheless, the reasons for Tyrrell's upcoming defeat will be as indicated.