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November 7, 2008

More from the conservative summit

CNN follows up on yesterday’s meeting of conservative leaders at Brent Bozell’s: 

David Keene of the American Conservative Union also said the idea of the Republican Party as the party of smaller government was undermined by the rapid increase in government spending over the last eight years.
“Republicans in Congress began to act like the Democrats they’d gotten rid of in the ’90s. The president began to spend money like he was Lyndon Johnson, and the result was that voters began to get very upset,” Keene said. “So, yes, you have to go back to your basics.”

And Tony Perkins of the Christian conservative Family Research Council says:

“What has made the conservative movement strong is when you have social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and foreign policy conservatives working together,” he said. “This was the first step in what will be a long journey in rebuilding that communication and that common vision.”

I would suggest that Perkins and his social conservative colleagues need to work to get conservative pro-lifers to better understand the morality of markets and the benefits of limited government. “Compassionate conservatism” and “Huckabeeism” are not the answer.

UPDATE: Another good point:

“The Republican brand of politics worked in the 1980s world, but it needs to be re-configured for 2010 and 2012,” said Rich Galen, a party consultant and a former adviser to Newt Gingrich. “We had a 20th-century message that we were trying to bang into a 21st-century world, and it clearly did not work.”

The Old Guard needs to reach out to the Young Turks and talk about the generational/cultural factors involved in the Democrats’ dominance of the under-30 demographic.