For my money, the best organizing principle for Republicans centers on the word "reform." Republicans can modernize the (mostly Democratic) accomplishments of the 20th century. That would mean entitlement reform, tax reform, more welfare reform, education reform, immigration reform, tort reform and on and on. In all these areas, Republicans can progressively promote change, while Democrats remain the churlish defenders of the status quo.
Republicans could remind voters, as Rudy Giuliani reminded New Yorkers, that we don't have to live with so-called intractable problems. If crime and child poverty can be reduced, then so can the education gap between whites and minorities. The tax code can be simplified, and entitlements made sustainable.
It's looking increasingly as if Democrats will be the party of anger in 2004. Republicans may as well be the party of reform and hope.
Saturday, January 03, 2004
David Brooks says that the GOP has lost their organizing principle of shrinking government size. He recommends a new approach.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 1:23 PM