Ordinarily I don't read David Brooks (I listen to him occasionally on the NewsHour and that would seem to be, well, more than enough -- though someone so inclined can search this blog [there's a search box in the upper left corner] and find that I have discussed a Brooks column now and then in the past).
Anyway, I noticed at Duck of Minerva that Josh Busby was tweeting a Brooks column and I said "what's that all about"?
So I zipped through the column. The basic message is that Trump is the culmination of 'anti-political' trends of the last several decades in the U.S. The column is bookended with quotes from Bernard Crick and Harold Laski. In between the quotes the column is fairly predictable -- not wrong, but also not very deep.
In particular Brooks does not delve into why some people dislike the compromise and messiness of democratic politics, apart from the suggestion that authoritarianism is on the rise worldwide. Could it be that democratic politics has not served a portion of the population especially well, and their reaction is, not too surprisingly, to say **** it?
One thing's for sure. You're not going to sway most Trump supporters with quotes from two Brits (Laski and Crick), both of whom were (gasp) socialists (of one sort or another).