New York Times op-ed columnist and American political and cultural commentator Brooks offers a fresh perspective on politics and culture in the age of President Obama. Is the country moving further to the left, right or center? What is the future of the tea party movement?
As author of a twice-weekly column for The New York Times, Brooks has written extensively on regional and intergenerational differences in America, America as a consumerist society, the benefits of a free-market economy, and foreign policy.
Brooks regularly appears on PBS' "NewsHour" and on NPR's "All Things Considered." A prolific writer and editor with a long career in journalism, he has also served as contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, senior editor of The Weekly Standard, and editor for The Wall Street Journal. Brooks is the author of three books, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster.
Dan Schnur was appointed Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission June 2010. His appointment to the Commission continues a distinguished career that includes working on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns. Schnur is on leave from his position as director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate young people to become involved in politics, government and public service.
Schnur served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and spent five years as chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. Schnur was the founder of the Center for Campaign Leadership, a non-partisan effort to equip young people with the skills essential for professional involvement in political campaigns, and a former Co-Chairman of the Voices of Reform project, a bi-partisan statewide organization devoted to making state government more responsive to the needs of California voters.
In addition to his position at USC, Schnur is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. Schnur has also held the post of Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics at Harvard University and taught an advanced course in political campaign communications at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.
A Republican, Schnur was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and will take a sabbatical from USC during his tenure as Chairman, which ends on January 31, 2011.
New York Times columnist David Brooks critiques how the press covered the shooting of Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords. He argues that the media politicized the issue, shifting focus away from the shooter's apparent mental illness.
"Journalism has been guilty of a great wrong," says Brooks. "Those who accused political players of contributing without any evidence made extremely grave accusations without any sense of responsibility."
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores how President Obama's personality has changed over his two years in office. He comments on changes in Obama's "niceness" and self-confidence, arguing that these changes have allowed Obama to become a more effective leader.
New York Times columnist David Brooks comments on the role that voter anger played in the past two elections. He suggests that America is suffering through an extended period of national pessimism, and the desire for change that fueled both the Obama campaign and the Tea Party may give way to yet another powerful political movement: one focused on preventing the U.S. from "marching off a cliff fiscally."