This comment has the sociological insight that is supposedly David Brooks stock in trade.
Ross Douthat is whining that 'grassroots' need "elites." by elites, of course, he means himself, or people like him, even though he's a blogger and very minor author.
I actually do not mean that with much disrespect -- i respect he's written a book.
But my point is, ross douthat lables himself an elite. except for his education, he just is not.
When people say "elites,' they mean ESTABLISHMENT. Northeastern Ivy-ish establishment. But not actual elites-- most of them are not terribly elite at all.
they merely ape the tastes and policy preferences of the upper class northeastern set.