The Party of ‘Not That’

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) speaks during a Republican news conference about potential Democratic tax hikes and the national debt at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 4, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
Republicans need to propose not just a set of policies, but a new governing ethos around which we can rally.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here was a time — not so long ago — that Republicans were flattering themselves as the party of ideas . . . while also, for years, constantly fretting that they were losing that reputation. I don’t know why there was all this drama. Are tax cuts an idea? Or do they only become one when you speculate that they fund themselves with growth? Is Medicare Part D an inspiring idea? Or more of an electoral hedge?

Then along came Trump. Electing a person who never seemed to read books actually did turn the Right into a salon. Trump didn’t have …

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