During this debate, at issue was whether the “conflict” in political discourse was creating highly polarized political parties. Brooks linked this “conflict” to Fox News and host Glenn Beck.

“I believe in conflict, I’m a columnist, conflict is fine with me,” Brooks said. “And I’m fine with that as long as it’s constructive. The problem is we have parties that don’t represent the country. We now have — here’s a fact from Morris Fiorina, Stanford political scientist: More people own ferrets than watch Fox News.”

Brooks argued that the two major parties are controlled by elements not representative of the country.