What you see in today’s Republican primary campaign is a reaction to exactly these kinds of follies — a revolt against the ruling class that our meritocracy has forged, and a search for outsiders with thinner résumés but better instincts.If you agree (and if you don't, what is Douthat missing): why have Republicans fallen short? Whose fault is it? What should be done about it, and by whom?
But from Michele Bachmann to Herman Cain, the outsiders haven’t risen to the challenge. It will do America no good to replace the arrogant with the ignorant, the overconfident with the incompetent.
In place of reckless meritocrats, we don’t need feckless know-nothings.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Ross Douthat, today: