Brooks apparently deemed it unnecessary to address any advice to Donald Trump or to Bernie Sanders, both of whose candidacies he deems "wildly impractical."
We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.
Who spoke those words? That's right: President Roosevelt!
But I bet you could see Bernie Sanders saying just the same thing. In fact, he pretty much has!
Hillary, Jeb, Marco, and John don't really have that same spirit. You just don't hear them saying anything like, "I am fighting against the wealthy special interests, and I don't care what they think!" You'd have to go with Bernie Sanders if you really want to find a candidate who takes "The Roosevelt Approach," which was the title of Brooks' column.
In terms of governing, the "Roosevelt Approach" was the opposite of what Brooks counsels. He says that Sanders is "uninhibited by the constraints of reality." By this he means that Sanders refuses to concede that the way things are today is the way they have to be.
And Franklin Roosevelt didn't accept that either. He was famously willing to experiment with change, to create a new reality.
He did that, too.
And any fair minded observer would say that this was a "political revolution."
We know it can be done!