David Brooks might be on to something here. Let's take a look:
For example, if you look at Mike Bloomberg through a certain lens you see a successful entrepreneur who took his management skills into public service and then started giving his wealth away to reduce gun violence and climate change. If, on the other hand, you look at Bloomberg through the Bernie lens you see a rapacious billionaire who amassed a gross amount of wealth, who became an authoritarian mayor and targeted young black men and then tried to buy his way to power.
Same person through different lenses.
Okay, so you have a lens of objectivity, and one of hagiography. Seems like an odd choice of lenses, but where's he going with this?
In the gathering myth, the heroes have traits Trump and Sanders lack: open-mindedness, flexibility, listening skills, team-building skills and basic human warmth. In this saga, leaders are measured by their ability to expand relationships, not wall them off.
The gathering myth is an alternative myth — one that has the advantage of being true.
Okay, now we're on to something. So it's not a rational lens, or an openly disingenuous lens... some kind of other option. Like if you came to a fork in the road, and there was a third path, in between..... what would you call that?
I'm sure there's an army of eager Marketing people down on K street, ready to come up with a jazzy name.
EDIT I changed the title of this piece. I think it's a better fit for the tone of the article. I hope no one minds.