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Others Weigh In on the Entitlement Debate

I agree entirely with Peter Suderman.

Andrew Biggs agrees with me.

Ed Morrissey disagrees. One of his implicit questions, I take it, is: If President Obama is re-elected in 2012 and isn’t interested in any entitlement reform conservatives find palatable, then what? Answer: Then we’ve lost. His suggestion that standing for “bold” entitlement reform will help Republicans defeat Obama in 2012 is at least counter-intuitive. Remember: Not even self-described conservative voters are sold on such reform.

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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