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A friend writes: “I get the stuff you and Yuval are arguing for, but conservative principles are not to blame for GOP’s sorry state of affairs these days.”

I agree, and I don’t think that political necessity demands that we abandon any of our principles. I do think that we need to do a better job of coming up with policies that apply those principles to contemporary circumstances.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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