January 13, 2015

THE BROKEN REBELLION:

Meet the Newer, Softer Heritage Action for America : The conservative group isn't moderating its principles, but it is focusing more on reform over opposition in the new year. (JOSH KRAUSHAAR, January 13, 2015, National Journal)

While the conservative group makes no apologies for its fights with party leaders, it is embracing ideas from the party's intellectual wing--ranging from Rep. Paul Ryan to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. In an article published in the winter issue of National Affairs, Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham approvingly cites Douthat's and Reihan Salam's recent book Grand New Party for acknowledging that modern-day conservatism struggles to offer policies that would benefit noncollege-educated, blue-collar, "Sam's Club" voters. And he credits Ryan with building a GOP consensus on controversial issues such as Medicare premium support. Needham's article also singles out Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah for praise, calling them among the "most innovative policy entrepreneurs among congressional Republicans."

"To many reform-minded observers eager to help the Republican Party build a mandate for a conservative governing agenda, this discord appears pointless and counterproductive, undermining Republican efforts to project the steadiness needed to govern while accomplishing little to improve the likelihood of future conservative policy victories," Needham wrote. "Unified Republican control of the Congress now presents an opportunity for a reset, perhaps making possible a fresh start for collaboration between the grassroots and the Republican leadership that has long been reluctant to govern from one house of Congress."

Eviscerating the Tea Party just keeps paying dividends....

Posted by at January 13, 2015 2:56 PM
  

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