At the end of the day, politics is about more than winning elections. The Republican Party remains in intellectual tatters. Its main two policy ideas -- extending the Bush tax cuts and repealing health-care reform -- will make its main policy concern -- the debt -- much, much worse. It has no answer for our economic moment, for inequality, for the health-care system (Mitt Romney used to have one, but then Democrats took it), for the deficit. You don't need good ideas to win. But you do need them to govern.
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