The Future Is Not The 1980s

by Patrick Appel

Michael Steele isn't looking back, he swears:

The Republican Party has turned a corner, and as we move forward Republicans should take a lesson from Ronald Reagan. Again, we’re not looking back – if President Reagan were here today he would have no patience for Americans who looked backward. Ronald Reagan always believed Republicans should apply our conservative principles to current and future challenges facing America. For Reagan’s conservatism to take root in the next generation we must offer genuine solutions that are relevant to this age.

That is one tortured paragraph.

Steele doesn't discuss his "solutions that are relevant to this age." Instead we get the same boilerplate and a few allusions to Reagan. Greg Sargent questions whether the GOP has in fact "turned a corner" by looking at the latest polling:

...how can Steele project the sort of optimism expected from a party chair without coming across as increasingly out of touch with reality, or worse, as more and more of a figure of fun?

Dave Weigel has been tracking these declarations of Republican revival.

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