New York Times columnist David Brooks couldn’t have characterized the entire population of Ward 3 as suffering from made-up social diseases having to do with the modesty of their bank accounts as compared with the magnitude of the institutions they control, then bought a $3.95 million house in their midst, and expected to get away with it, could he?

I don’t know, because Brooks hasn’t responded to an email or a phone call for comment. Best of luck to Brooks in making friends with his mighty but dowdy new neighbors in Cleveland Park—and in escaping judgment by their peculiar morality.