Donald Trump has done something politically smart and substantively revolutionary. He is a Republican presidential candidate running against free trade and, effectively, free markets. By putting trade at the top of the conversation he elevates the issue on which Hillary Clinton is the most squirrelly, where her position reinforces the message that she will say […]
After Trump’s demagoguery, Republicans can revitalize their party by offering bottom-up solutions suited to the diverse, dynamic society America has become
The American right is in crisis. This year’s presidential race, however it turns out, has revealed deep fissures in the Republican coalition. A third to a half of Republican voters in state after state have given their backing to Donald Trump, a divisive demagogue whose case for himself has essentially nothing to do with conservatism. The rest of the party has been left baffled—wondering what has happened to the Republicans and where American politics might be headed…
By Alex Castellanos Welcome to the real start of the 2016 GOP nomination process. This is what the World Wide Wrestling Federation would look like if Vince McMahon had not rigged the cage matches. With a complete lack of confidence in my ability to predict the outcome of this episode of Wrestlemania, let’s look at […]
By MATT LEMAS · Daily Trojan The USC Department of Political Science held its first “Political Conversations” event on Monday in the Von KleinSmid Center, hosted by Professor Robert Shrum with political consultant Alex Castellanos leading the discussion. Launched this year, “Political Conversations” is a series that brings together leading analysts of American politics to […]
Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal are teaming up. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, who are both considered possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders, appear together in a new television commercial that promotes NewRepublican.org… Read more on CNN Here
February 6, 1977 I’m happy to be back with you in this annual event after missing last year’s meeting. I had some business in New Hampshire that wouldn’t wait. Three weeks ago here in our nation’s capital I told a group of conservative scholars that we are currently in the midst of a re-ordering of […]
By James Hohmann This article was originally published on 4/4/2014 on the Politico website. Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential […]
Michael Gerson, former policy advisor and chief of speechwriting for President George W. Bush, is a Washington Post columnist. Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the last three Republican administrations. The past few years have put the size and role of government at center stage of our […]
Ronald Reagan’s reference to America as a “Shining City On a Hill” was a metaphor adapted from one used by Puritan preacher John Winthrop and it defined America’s leadership role as Reagan saw it. For many, the metaphor still resonates.
Listen to Gov. Bobby Jindal and Gov. Jeb Bush speak about one of our timeless principles, Equal Opportunity in Education.
I’ve been in national politics a long time. Rarely have I seen numbers in a public opinion poll like these you will find linked below: they are tremendous. They indicate that support for Equal Opportunity in Education crosses every political divide. Now, as Republicans, we can do well by doing good: we have an issue in […]
The Washington Post:
NINE OF 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools are black. All are poor and, if not for the state assistance, would be consigned to low-performing or failing schools with little chance of learning the skills they will need to succeed as adults.
This is bizarre: President Barack Obama’s and Eric Holder’s Justice Department is suing Louisiana to force some kids to stay in their failing public schools.
by Gov. Bobby Jindal
We’ve had enough. Yes, we just lost our second straight presidential election to Barack Obama. Yes, losing is painful and has consequences. Yes, when you lose, you make adjustments. Enough already. Let’s get on with it.
by Gov. Jeb Bush
Today’s conservatives have spent the past several months nursing their wounds from the elections and focusing on deficits, sequestration, and tax policy. This is not misguided. The federal government spends too much, taxes too much, runs up too much debt, and tries to do way too much.
Right now, our Republican Party is torn between two unacceptable options:
We can keep talking about our principles the way we have… and keep losing elections.
Or we can compromise our principles the way some suggest… and keep losing elections.
There is a better way.
by Ben Domenech
The persistent inability of the right – conservatives, libertarians, and the Republican Party as a whole – to adapt a message that matches up with the shifting interests and focuses of huge swathes of the American people is a defect shared across all the warring factions.
by Adrian Gray
“If there is one thing the GOP can take from 2012, it should be ‘we lost, but for no reasons that are unsolvable.’”
by Brad Todd
The Marlboro man is dead, and it wasn’t tobacco that killed him.
by Brad Todd
“Washington’s pundits have been united this spring.” Find out how.
According to the latest NewRepublican.org survey, Americans overwhelmingly say yes to “equal opportunity in education.”
by Newt Gingrich
March 6, 2013
The greatest difference in our generation may not be between liberals and conservatives, but between the pioneers of the future and prisoners of the past.
Let me explain.
“If you agree that we need to build on entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating a better future and champion greater prosperity, more jobs, less cost, greater convenience and a bigger America with a smaller government, you are a New Republican.” – Newt Gingrich
Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is thinking like a New Republican:
“Conservatives are fighting a losing battle of moral arithmetic. They hand an argument with virtually 100% public support—care for the vulnerable—to progressives, and focus instead on materialistic concerns and minority moral viewpoints.”
About the Course:
In this course you’ll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. The topics you’ll learn about include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology. There are no prerequisites. You don’t need a science or math background to take this introductory course; it simply requires an interest in the field and the willingness to participate in a hands-on approach to the subject.
CNN contributor and political strategist Alex Castellanos’ latest column on thinking like a New Republican:
“Republican or Democrat, we would all like to see a new era of progress and prosperity for our country. We all hope this president will allow our economy to be as successful as his campaigns were. To that end, perhaps we should explore if there is another, more modern way to deal with our evolving challenges and their accumulated complexity.”
Michael Gerson and Peter Wehrner are thinking like New Republicans:
“The Republican Party is in trouble: In the wake of the presidential election, everybody has said so, and everybody is right. From there, however, a hundred paths diverge and a thousand voices have been heard. The relevant questions are these: How deep is the trouble? How much of it is self-inflicted and how much is a function of circumstance? Can the problem be repaired, and if so, by what means?”
Speech to the RNC
January 25, 2013
“The task before us now is charting our party’s future. We have an opportunity and responsibility to shape the GOP of the next generation.
By now, you know the theme of this meeting: Renew. Grow. Win. That is my agenda for the next two years. Renew our party. Grow our ranks. And win MORE elections.”
Welcome to NewRepublican.org
The article that started the movement
What we believe, our 67 or so principles
“If you think every parent should have the right to choose the best school for their kids, or believe we should grow our economy bottom-up, not top-down from Washington, you are thinking like a New Republican.” – Jeb Bush
by Alex Castellanos
Jan. 26, 2010
The National Review article where the New Republican discussion started:
Their party was out of ideas and out of office. It had grown preposterously out of touch, a caricature of economic irresponsibility and elite, Washington-dinner-party values. Then along came Bill Clinton to return Democrats to the political center and teach them how to win.
Speech to the RNC
January 24, 2013
“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs…even as we invent new entitlement programs. We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.”
Speech to AEI
February 5, 2013
“In Washington, over the past few weeks and months, our attention has been on cliffs, debt ceilings and budgets, on deadlines and negotiations. All of this is very important, as there is no substitute for getting our fiscal house in order. There is no greater moral imperative than to reduce the mountain of debt facing us, our children and theirs. The House Republican Majority stands ready for President Obama and his party to finally join us in our efforts to tackle the big problems facing America.”
Cast your vote for the official NewRepublican.org T-Shirt.
What if we could suddenly invent a dynamic, living, breathing, economic ecosystem that could almost instantly adjust billions of subtle financial relationships and trillions of complex economic transactions, elegantly, one to another?
What is the dumbest way to grow our economy? It’s got to be what we are doing now.
You may have heard the story of two great parents in Washington. They chose the best school in town for their two beautiful daughters. Good for Michelle and Barack Obama! Shouldn’t every parent in America be able to the same?
Yes, we do. So do old ones. Poke any kind of Republican and you’ll usually find somebody who believes in a well-ordered and well-governed society. Republicans venerate American institutions. We want our trains to run on time.
We all want to grow America’s economy. President Obama does. New Republicans do. What’s the best way? President Obama wants to do it the old way. He believes in top-down growth: political and artificial growth directed by Washington. That’s why he’s borrowed and spent and driven our national debt up to $16+ trillion dollars and soaring.
Look around. It is indisputable that big, old, slow, dumb, industrial age government has failed us. In today’s fast moving, complex, dynamic world, government of the industrial age is an anachronism. It doesn’t really govern much of anything, does it?
So what does America think? Growing America’s economy, not Washington’s, must be the GOP agenda. Here are parts of an economic growth and jobs agenda, to help New Republicans compete and win. Tax Cuts Stimulate Natural Economic Growth A New Republican believes the best way to grow the economy and create real jobs is naturally […]