How to Save the Republican Party


Publication: 2013-03-03


The agenda [we have] sketched ... is neither comprehensive nor definitive, but is intended as a starting point for discussion. Its aim is to locate a means of broadening the appeal of the GOP without violating the party's core principles of life and liberty. Such an approach is consistent with the traditional conservative hope of balancing what Burke called "the two principles of conservation and correction."

What we have recommended is a series of such corrections, necessary for the task of conservation, and necessary for winning national elections and governing: the political prerequisites to any agenda of reform. These corrections will be the work of many hands, including governors, members of Congress, and policy entrepreneurs. It would also be helpful to create an institution, modeled after the DLC or the Centre for Social Justice in the United Kingdom, whose chief purpose would be to generate the ideas, the arguments, and the policy proposals essential to a movement aimed at winning power and governing effectively. This movement, right now, lacks a headquarters.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Michael Gerson

Author -- Michael Gerson, former policy adviser and chief of speechwriting for President George W. Bush, is a Washington Post columnist.


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Name:Peter Wehner

Author -- Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the last three Republican administrations. He blogs regularly for Commentary.


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