Liberal commentator E.J. Dionne moderates a discussion on why contemporary conservatism has gotten off track during the eight years of the Bush administration and how "true" conservatism can be restored to prominence.
Panelists David Frum, Mickey Edwards, and Ross Douthat consider what it means to call oneself a conservative in today's America and what it could mean in the coming years.
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Ross Douthat is an associate editor at The Atlantic and the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005), and The Party of Sam's Club, with Reihan Salam, which is forthcoming in 2008 from Doubleday.
He is the film critic for National Review, and he writes frequently on domestic policy, national politics, pop culture and religion.
Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the Institute, Edwards taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving as a member of the House Republican leadership and a ranking member on both the House Appropriations and Budget committees. He has been an advisor to the State Department, a director of the Constitution Project, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and a regular political commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He has chaired task forces on foreign policy for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and is author of several books, most recently Reclaiming Conservatism.
David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic.
Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications. Weber served in the US House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican leadership. Weber is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the administration and on Capitol Hill and has counseled numerous presidential campaigns. In 2004, Vin was the Bush-Cheney ’04 plains states regional chairman.
National Review Online Contributing Editor David Frum states one reason public support for the Republican Party has declined is because it "continues to offer today's answers to the problems of generations ago."
Frum suggests that the series of crises over the past 8 years has solidified a negative public image of the GOP.