Vox: David Brooks says conservatism has failed, but he misses the biggest reason: race. October 28, 2016 by Garret Vreeland in Politics, News I don't link him, period. The "thinking person's conservative" is there to bluewash establishment GOP positions for you NY Times readers. I see you other bloggers getting drawn in. Don't. To use a GiTM term, he's the Times' version of 'clownshoes.'