David Brooks is now calling for a free-soil Whiggery north of the Mason-Dixon and out to the Pacific which would peacefully coexist but compete with the Republican Party's nihilistic feudalism of "the South and rural West." This "second G.O.P," as Brooks calls it--that is, the first G.O.P. aforementioned--"would be based on the idea that America is being hit simultaneously by two crises, which you might call the Mancur Olson crisis and the Charles Murray crisis."
Yes we might, but if we do, then goodbye second G.O.P. Rallying millions of profoundly disaffected conservatives and befuddled centrists to the cry of "Remember Mancur Olson!" isn't exactly the motivational stuff of Lexington and Concord or the October Revolution or the Arab Spring. And slogans are important; in fact they're supreme, especially when your new movement is founded on the somniferous exigencies of Mancur Olson and Charles Murray.
Suspecting this, Brooks takes a more explanatory stab at what the new Whiggery could mean:
The second G.O.P. ... would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obama’s second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who don’t share the absolute antigovernment story of the current G.O.P.
Putting aside that Brooks' characterization of Obama's inaugural speech as an "excessive faith in centralized power" is merely the same old hyperbolic humbug against which Brooks is simultaneously inveighing, there is already a superabundance of authentically conservative Democrats who naturally "don’t share the absolute antigovernment story of the current G.O.P."
Thus a G.O.P.-winged duplication of thoughtful conservatism is, by now, and by definition, superfluous. Your party's real problem, Mr. Brooks, is that the Democratic Party (assuming it doesn't lose its head and overreach) is fast becoming the American consensus party--a rough coalition of moderates, liberals, progressives, and Burkean conservatives. In short your party, Mr. Brooks, is being squeezed out of business, because your business party failed to plan, failed to diversify, and failed to strive for anything but the quick profit.