“Clearly something is not working in the GOP and hasn’t since its nervous breakdown caused by George W. Bush and exacerbated by the political consulting classes. The only part of the GOP that makes sense now is the tea party movement,” Craig Shirley — a Ronald Reagan biographer and presidential historian — tells Inside the Beltway.
“Ronald Reagan left his party with a coherent philosophy that was not about compromise, as the current disinformation is being pushed by some cable TV jockeys and revisionist liberals. Reagan was about unshakable principles and enlightened conservatism,” Mr. Shirley notes.
Mr. Shirley will be part of an upcoming forum at Yale University that addresses “The Future of Conservatism.” Among his peers on the podium: Sen. John Barasso, Wyoming Republican; syndicated columnists Jonah Goldberg, Rich Lowry and Michael Barone, and New York Post editorial page editor William McGurn.
The Oct. 18 event was organized by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program on the campus and will address such topics as “Standing athwart history: Should conservatives accept a truce on social issues?” and includes an opening address by none other than James L. Buckley, former U.S. senator, undersecretary of state, federal appellate judge and brother of the aforementioned Mr. Buckley, the late founder of the National Review who marshalled public awareness for conservative thought.