The Huffington Post reports that David Brooks, a PBS commentator and conservative columnist for the New York Times, said today that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s scorn for ideas “represents a fatal cancer” to her party.

Brooks said  Palin has a troubling anti-intellectual attitude. “Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas. But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas but to scorn ideas entirely. And I’m afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices,” Brooks said.

Brooks said Palin is “absolutely not” ready to be president or vice president, but had praise for nominees John McCain and Barack Obama. The Huffington Post quotes him as saying he has been “dazzled” by some of his interactions with Obama, a Democrat.

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