Friday, October 10, 2008

Class Act

David Brooks explains why he said that Sarah Palin is a cancer on the Republican Party.

She is another step in the Republican change of personality. Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all — men from wildly different backgrounds who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking. Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.

And so, politically, the G.O.P. is squeezed at both ends. The party is losing the working class by sins of omission — because it has not developed policies to address economic anxiety. It has lost the educated class by sins of commission — by telling members of that class to go away.

In other words, the Republican elites created this monster, they’ve lost control of it, and now it’s turning on them. Gee, that’s too damn bad.