It would be easy to believe that Republicans have no solutions to offer our country, no understanding that things have gone terribly wrong for them, and that their anti-intellectualism has purged the party of anybody with the sense to steer them back in the right direction. I’m no slouch in keeping up with the political world, but only rarely in the past six months have I even glimpsed anything that runs counter to that. This is dangerous. Not only has it left me with the impression that Democrats are invincible, but it casts Republicans as an other, as a group with whom I cannot empathize and would not want to empathize.
That’s why I’m glad to have started reading Jon Henke’s blog at “The Next Right”. The site’s other contributors generally leave me cold, but Jon has a cleverness, a drive, and an intellect that makes it a joy to puzzle through where the Republican Party goes from here. Recent blog entries that I enjoyed include his call for actual—not superficial—change in the Republican Party and the importance of remembering that limited government and low taxes are ideals, not policies. The way Jon describes it, I can both envision and welcome a Republican resurgence.