Conservatives brainstorm to win voters in the middle

Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at National Review and a contributor to the collection, says there’s a sense among some Republicans that in recent years, conservative policies have gotten a little stale.

“They’re adapted to the circumstances of 1981,” Ponnuru says. “What we wanted to do was to try to refresh our ideas and talk about how today’s conservatives would tackle issues like health care or energy or balancing work and family.”

Some of the ideas are new, like rethinking higher education. Others, like expanding the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, were once common topics among Republicans, but lately have fallen from favor…

“Look, for most Americans, whose daily concerns revolve around aging parents and long commutes, shrinking budgets and obscenely high tuition bills, these hymns to entrepreneurism are, as a practical matter, largely irrelevant and the audience for them is probably a lot smaller than we think,” McConnell said.