See what happens when you make apathetic intellectuals care about politics is they turn into wonks. And wonks are where policy comes from. not always for the better! Elizabeth Warren is a born appointee. So's Buttigieg. So's Stephen Miller. The thing of it is? Conservative wonkishness is "let's overturn a 20-year-old FDA ruling based on a culture war battle a plurality of our party wishes we didn't fight." Liberal wonkishness is "hey remember when we thought women were the equals of men? Let's try that again."