The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
Very suggestive. (I'm reminded of Peter Jennings' famous comment that in the 1994 elections, the people "threw a temper tantrum.") Brooks, although he sometimes makes light of the prejudices and lemming-like behavior of America's elite class, ultimately fits comfortably in that group. Many liberals define their positions as those that intelligent people take. Hence any critique is uninformed, by definition. But what happens when what is called "intelligence" is something else? (I suppose it might be something similar to what happens when what is called "science" is defined as nothing more than calculations and correlations).
P.S. It might also be worth noting that the "educated class" is probably much less unified in opinion than it was thirty years ago. (Back then, there were many fewer conservative law professors, journalists, magazines, and think tanks). Perhaps that's partly where the anger comes from. It is becoming harder and harder to claim that there is a unified "educated class." As that becomes the case, the myth that smart people agree on issues becomes harder and harder to maintain. As that happens, the myth of technocracy (build on Pragmatism) is exposed. I suspect that it is disagreement about that ideal that gets under Brooks' skin.
P.P.S. Brooks writes "The Obama administration is premised on the conviction that pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise should have the power to implement programs to solve the country's problems." An I thought they believed in diversity? Only a truly federal system would allow that. But technocrats don't want there to be fifty different sets of laws regarding health care, etc.