A very interesting column by an intellectual conservative. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/opinion/10brooks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin ... But over the past few decades, the Republican Party has driven away people who live in cities, in highly educated regions and on the coasts.... Republican political tacticians decided to mobilize their coalition with a form of social class warfare. ... What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole. ... And so, politically, the G.O.P. is squeezed at both ends. The party is losing the working class by sins of omission β because it has not developed policies to address economic anxiety. It has lost the educated class by sins of commission β by telling members of that class to go away.