Imagine a fellow who sees a therapist for 10 years, once a week, week in and week out, and throughout those 520 weeks he's told by the therapist that his chief problem is poor communication with his wife and kids. Then imagine that on the 521st week this fellow enters his therapist's office and exclaims: "I had a magnificent revelation last night; I think my chief problem is poor communication with the wife and kids."
Imagine that, and you've essentially grasped Ramesh Ponnuru's "insight" in his latest NRO column, "The Party's Problem," which is a stunning, jaw-dropping and indeed jarring demonstration of perpetual obtuseness. It has of late come within Mr. Ponnuru's notice, you see, that the Republican Party is now losing because for some time it has been ignoring the "economic interests" of the middle class.
Well fucking duh!
Ponnuru's revelation goes on at some length. Earlier I recommended that you read Bruce Bartlett's lengthy essay, since in it, there's something to be learned. On Ponnuru, however, don't waste your time, unless you want a cheap laugh. But should you choose the latter, here's a little something to spike your amusement: Just remember, Ponnuru is one of the brighter bulbs among the endlessly advertised pack of "young, innovative conservative thinkers."