The Republican Presidential Nominating Convention presented a party with more moderation than its own policies embody. The convention dusted off the “compassionate conservatism” slogan of Bush’s 2000 campaign even though there has been little attention to these words or these goals over the last four years.
The heart of the Republican Party includes policies for prayer and pro-life that will involve a large role for the federal government, and endorsement of a go-it-alone foreign policy that shows a flip-flopping from then-Governor George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign promise to avoid nation building.
The Republicans have every right to their policy positions and to organization of their convention as they see fit. Voters, however, should be aware that what they have seen at the convention is not what they will get with President Bush…. Read whole essay here….