This from "On The Media" is worth your time. Nothing you did not already know, but pleasing to hear it coming from someone other than me :-)
Also I have one small correction to add to Brian Beutler's remarks. At this point, the Beltway's entire stable of "Serious" Beltway Conservatives are already so insipidly interchangeable that tucking Bret Stephens onto The New York Times op-end page between Ross Douthat and David Brooks is not a bold leap forward in bringing ideological diversity to its readers so much as it is an exercise in ideological inbreeding that would make a Hapsburg blush.
The Habsburgs sought to consolidate their power by the frequent use of consanguineous marriages. This resulted in a cumulatively deleterious effect on their gene pool. Marriages between first cousins, or between uncle and niece, were commonplace in the family. A study of 3,000 family members over 16 generations by the University of Santiago de Compostela suggests that inbreeding directly led to their extinction.
And speaking of the perils not "keeping your Weltanschauung out of payroll" (as the kids say) among America's already-inbred pundits... (from Vanity Fair):
EXCLUSIVE: JOE AND MIKA ARE GETTING HITCHED
After years of rumors, gossip, and intrigue, Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski reveal their engagement, how it all went down, and the unlikely guy (Donald Trump) who asked to oversee their vows...
I've already used up my Hapsburg reference, so just take a settle in and take a good, hard look at just how deep the incestuous relationship is between soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs MSNBC and President Stupid:
...Wedding plans are still up in the air, too. They have already ruled one idea out, however. In January, when they went to visit Donald Trump in the White House just a little more than a week after his inauguration, Scarborough and Brzezinski sat down for lunch with the president, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, ostensibly to talk to their longtime friend about his first week in office and issues related to women. Once the fish and scalloped potatoes had been served, and special sauces delivered directly to Trump were placed on the table, the couple said that the president came up with an idea: If they planned on getting married, they should consider doing so at Mar-a-Lago or the White House, they recalled. “That’s when Jared interrupted and said, ‘Hey, you know what? I’ve got my license. I could marry you,’” Scarborough said. (A White House spokeswoman had no comment.)
According to Scarborough, that’s when Trump snapped from the end of the table, saying: “Why would you marry them? They could have the President of the United States marry them.”...
Rule One: There is a Club.
Rule Two: You and I are not in it.