I would think David Brooks' satire hilarious if I didn't also know he'll soon be back in Mitt Romney's corner as a cutman.
Brooks just can't give it up; he can't quit the absurd idea that Republicanism is somehow related to conservatism. So he hangs on.
If Brooks really wished to shake things up, he'd announce that he is unequivocally through--through with the Republican Party and all of its unending incarnations of wackjob Palinism and nutso Cainism and demented Norquistism and radical Ryanism and vicious Foxism and on and on and on.
Brooks could purify himself by formally separating from the Great Ideological Whore. But this, of course, he won't do. He simply cannot take that Kierkegaardian leap of faith, which is indeed reserved, I gather, for only the authentically philosophical.