- Congressional Republicans are predominantly Traditionalists.
- Republicans from the coasts and the upper Midwest are largely gone.
- Traditionalists have the institutions. Over the past 40 years, the Conservative Old Guard has built up a movement of activist groups, donor networks, think tanks and publicity arms.
- not yet an effective Republican Leadership Council to nurture modernizing conservative ideas.
- There is no moderate Club for Growth, supporting centrist Republicans.
- Any publication or think tank that headed in an explicitly reformist direction would be pummeled by its financial backers.
Finally, Traditionalists own the conservative mythology.
- small, heroic movement marching bravely from the Heartland into belly of the liberal elite.
- anybody who deviates toward the center, is a coward, and a sellout.
- GOP strayed from the true creed.
- George W. Bush was a big-government type
- John McCain was a Republican moderate
- Cut government,
- cut taxes,
- restrict immigration.
- Rally behind Sarah Palin.
- Rush Limbaugh and
- Sean Hannity
- Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform,
- Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society and
- Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
The reformers tend to believe that American voters will not support a party whose main idea is slashing government.
- The Reformers propose new policies to address inequality and middle-class economic anxiety.
- They tend to take global warming seriously.
- They tend to be intrigued by the way David Cameron has modernized the British Conservative Party.
- appeal more to Hispanics,
- independents and younger voters.
- They cannot continue to insult the sensibilities of the educated class and the entire East and West Coasts.
- “Comeback” by David Frum and
- “Grand New Party” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam,
- Ramesh Ponnuru,
- Yuval Levin,
- Jim Manzi,
- Rod Dreher,
- Peggy Noonan and,
- at the moderate edge, David Brooks