Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

Reform Conservatism’s Future

(Roman Genn)
The GOP must not disregard policy innovation.

After Republicans lost the 2012 election, three theories arose among them about what had gone wrong and what needed to change. The course of the Republican presidential primaries has already invalidated two of them, while probably making the third one impossible to follow in the short term.

The first theory was outlined in an “autopsy” report about the election from the Republican National Committee. It urged the party to embrace “comprehensive immigration reform,” create an active presence in minority communities, talk less about same-sex marriage, and invest in data analysis.

The second theory, voiced by conservative activists and talk-show hosts, held that

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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.

In This Issue

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Features

Books, Arts & Manners

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Bush Appreciated Thanks to Jay Nordlinger for his “43 and His Theme: A Visit with George W. Bush” (March 14). It’s a shame that Bush didn’t do more, rhetorically, to defend ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bernie Sanders’s campaign is fading, leaving his supporters red, white, and blue. ‐ It is neither a surprise nor an accident that the latest major Islamist terrorist attack to befall ...
The Long View

Final Bulletin

FINAL BULLETIN The 2016 National Review Post-Election Cruise, Official Program Thanks for signing up for the 2016 National Review Post-Election Cruise aboard Holland America’s luxurious cruise ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam. We will be ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW Frost from her breath on glass, Thin arteries made dark By a slow finger’s pass, Are the hand’s speech, and mark As something to be said Her waiting emptiness. She writes; behind ...

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