I can’t believe I forgot to include this, but perhaps the most perplexing part of Brooks’ column is this quote:
If I were McCain, I’d make the divided government argument explicit. The Republicans are intellectually unfit to govern right now, but balancing with Democrats, they might be able to do some good. I’d have McCain tell the country that he looks forward to working with Congressional Democrats, that he is confident they can achieve great things together.
First, I’m not entirely sure how well this message resonates. Secondly, why instead of criticizing Obama for becoming “more policy-specific and more orthodox” even though Brooks feels this is “more responsible” change and Republicans are “unfit to govern right now”, doesn’t he hammer away at McCain for proposing (by implication) less responsible policy and running a campaign based essentially on changing the aesthetics of governance?