Not all conservatives are in mourning these days. The American Principles Project’s first “Red, White & Blue Gala” is coming up next week, complete with all the sumptuous trimmings of such revelry. The Weekly Standard Editorin-Chief Bill Kristol is master of ceremonies at the event meant “to bring conservatives together, to discuss the lessons learned and the strategies moving forward,” organizers say.
Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is the keynote speaker; the former solicitor general of the Lone Star State has penned more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including nine before the Supreme Court itself. But Mr. Cruz, like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, has many eyes upon him.
“This conservative rising star is seen as a great hope for the GOP’s future after its stinging loss among Latinos,” a source says. favorable to the financialservices industry or curtailing Medicare eligibility,” Mr. Edsall observes.
“In broader terms, the political confrontation pits taxpayers, who now form the core of the center-right coalition, against tax consumers, who form the core of the center-left. According to the Tax Policy Center, 46.4 percent of all tax filers had no federal income-tax liability in 2011, although most people pay a combination of state, sales, excise, property and other levies,” he continues. “There are clear exceptions to this dichotomy, as many Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries (tax recipients) vote Republican, and many college-educated upper-income citizens of all races and ethnicities (tax payers) vote Democratic.
“Nonetheless, the overarching division remains, and the battle lines are drawn over how to distribute the costs of the looming fiscal crisis. The outcome of this policy fight will determine whether Limbaugh is correct to fear that his side has ‘lost the country.’ ” House Speaker Tip O’Neill bridged their differences to preserve Social Security. Some 30 years later, we find ourselves in a similar situation — with a Democratic president and a Republican House speaker. If it could be done then, it can be done now,” the New Hampshire Republicans adds.