June 15, 2013

EVEN THE sTUPID PARTY CAN RECOGNIZE IT MADE A MISTAKE TURNING ON W IN 2005:

GOP plan: Bring Dubya back! : Look beneath the surface, and a hot new plan for the party's comeback is really just George W. Bush redux (ELIAS ISQUITH, 6/14/13, Salon)

[R]ather than offering a fresh, new way to package conservatism for the 21st century, it turns out that the conservative reformers, whether they know it or not, are resurrecting an idea whose time has come, and gone, and perhaps now come again. They're bringing compassionate conservatism back. Or at least they're trying.

Before going any further, though, we should define our terms. What is compassionate conservatism? It would be an oversimplification to call it the conservatives' version of Clintonism -- but only a little. In a 2009 essay about the phenomenon for the National Interest, the New America Foundation's Steven M. Teles described the basic conceit of compassionate conservatism as "an effort to shift the basic axis of partisan...from means to ends." That's a fancy way of saying that compassionate conservatism takes the welfare state for granted, whereas more doctrinaire conservatism (think Paul Ryan) seeks to burn it to the ground instead.

Of course, Ryan/Wyden is also just the Third Way, like Clintonism/compassionate conservatism.

Posted by at June 15, 2013 6:22 PM
  

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