I agree with the spirit of Peter Beinart's column about why the Right needs its own version of the DLC, but not the specifics. Soren Dayton has extended analysis and caveats here; my main gripe is that when Beinart cites specific instances of how conservatives have lost touch with the public, and how they're hostage to a "hard-core" base, his list is heavily weighted toward the excesses of the religious right. Not that religious conservatives' blunders haven't played a role in the GOP's difficulties, certainly, but Beinart's choice of anecdotes suggests that he thinks - as many people on both sides of the aisle do - that the right-wing version of the DLC ought to be a home for the Christie Todd Whitmans of the world, rather than, say, the Tim Pawlentys and Mike Huckabees, and that it should spend more time taking on Jerry Falwell than, say, Grover Norquist. Which seems like a good way to ensure such an institution's immediate and lasting irrelevance.
Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.