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Should the GOP Move Right To Save Itself? - Ramesh Ponnuru

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/01/26/A_Path_to_Recovery_for_the_Republican_Party National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru says history has encouraged the GOP "to move right" after facing defeat, but warns that a return to "the path of the conservative principle" may not alone be enough to return Republicans to power. ----- With the Democratic party in control of the presidency, the Congress and many state houses across the country, the Republican party finds itself out of power and searching for an identity and new leadership. In the 1960s, Barry Goldwater redefined conservatism and attracted a new generation to the party's banner. In the 1980s, the values of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan -- a small federal government and a strong national defense -- defined the party. A decade later, Republicans issued the "Contract for America" and rallied behind a series of strong Congressional leaders. Over the last eight years, George W. Bush led his party and rallied the faithful behind his social policies, the "war on terror" and low taxes. Having lost two consecutive elections by large margins, the Republican party is at a crucial juncture. As David Brooks writes, "lines are being drawn by 'Traditionalists' and 'Reformers' in the fight over the future of conservatism." Will the party return to Reagan or will a new leader and a new direction emerge? -- National Constitution Center Ramesh Ponnuru is a Washington D.C. based columnist and a senior editor for National Review. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of Party of Death.
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