The Corner

Re: Helpful Advice, Ctd.

That the Republican party goes into 2008 in a weaker position than it did in 2000 bears on the question of how much ideological self-indulgence it can afford, not on what counts as ideological self-indulgence. And I’ll sell you back that bridge for twice the money if you think that supporting taxpayer funding of abortion is the way for Republicans to appeal to independent voters.

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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