More Brooks Elaborations Needed

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Today, David Brooks: “The Republicans are intellectually unfit to govern right now . . .”

This follows on last week’s Brooks: “There simply aren’t enough Republican experts left to staff an administration, so he will have to throw together a hodgepodge with independents and Democrats.”

The arguments he’s making in both of those columns are interesting, but I wish he would elaborate a bit on these particular points that he’s kind of tossing off. If prominent conservatives think Republicans are intellectually unfit to govern and the party lacks experts, that seems noteworthy — not just something you should mention offhand to support a larger thesis.