The American Enterprise Institute was quick with their reporting of events today in a forum to discuss how conservatives might form a governance coalition. In the meantime, the train left the station. House Speaker Boehner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just concluded a chit-chat with President Obama. They agreed that the cornerstones for an agreement were in place and the spirit of bipartisanship appeared in their sunny faces thereafter.
The middle is going to govern the second Obama term it appears and is hoped.
As for conservatism, if that means living within our fiscal means and people paying taxes in accordance with their means, all will be copesetic.
Leave ideology in the country church and Katy bar the door.
“Put people before ideas,” said Former US congressman Artur Davis. That’s a loose use of the word, “ideas.”
Reminder, if you are not in office, you are not governing.
“Fusion or fissures: The future of a conservative governing coalition
Friday, November 16, 2012
Barack Obama’s re-election has led many conservatives to ponder the Republican Party’s future — where should conservatism and the GOP go from here? On Friday, an all-star panel gathered to discuss this topic in the first of a series of events examining majority conservatism. Ben Domenech of the Heartland Institute began by reminding the audience that “ideas don’t run for president, people do.” Consequently, said Domenech, a revival of conservative populism would be beneficial, since Americans feel that the corporate and governmental spheres are rigged against them.
Henry Olsen of AEI examined conservatism through the lenses of demographics and voter turnout, noting that the Romney campaign did not do enough to appeal to blue-collar whites this year, whose turnout was down from four years ago.
Former US congressman Artur Davis then addressed specific issues on which the GOP has diverged from conservative principles of late, such as immigration. The GOP’s current position on immigration is not conservative, Davis maintained, because it does not seek to consolidate families. Reihan Salam of Economics 21 and National Review then made the case that the Republican Party needs a lower-middle-class reformism that puts people before ideas, as this would resonate best with potential voters.