Salam On Perry
Reihan Salam has been writing lengthy and thoughtful
posts that are skeptical of Gov. Perry's record and chances of winning an election against President Obama. I'm less down on Perry at this point. I think it is possible that he will prove to be shrewder and better able to appeal to persuadables than people think. Or maybe not. Salam is surely right that Republicans need to be more careful about tailoring their messages to the sensibilities and priorities of voters that are open to voting for Republicans but who have not fully bought into a conservative narrative.
One way to do that is for Republicans to distance themselves from the Ryan budget without offering any specific entitlement reforms.
But just ducking the issue of crafting a sustainable budget isn't good enough to meet the moment. Who cares if Republicans hold office as the US spins into a Greece-like fiscal crisis? Well, some Republican office holders might care, but what is in it for the rest of us? So Republicans, if they are to be serious and prudent, need to thread the needle of offering a policy program that will lead to a sustainable federal budget consistent with economic growth and a political strategy (which includes policy formation) that will allow them to win over enough voters to win enough elections to implement and institutionalize that program. Not easy.
8:08 PM / September 14, 2011