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“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.

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