What is the conservative cocoon?

Again, these voices are doing her no favors. If you don’t think Sarah Palin should listen to people like David Brooks, fine – there are other conservative thinkers whose views differ from Brooks’s particular strain of right-of-centrism, but who share his interest in policy and (more importantly) his understanding of the straits the GOP is in. But she needs to listen to someone who won’t just say, as Steyn does, that all she – or conservatism in general – needs are “a fewer sharper moose gags” to get things back on track.