2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate has prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates?
David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Brooks is also the author, most recently, of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character. His earlier books are Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He has contributed essays and articles to many publications, including The New Yorker, Forbes, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and Commentary. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, CNN’s “Late Edition,” and “The Diane Rehm Show.”
John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline. He has served as ABC White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.
Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the Institute, Edwards taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving as a member of the House Republican leadership and a ranking member on both the House Appropriations and Budget committees. He has been an advisor to the State Department, a director of the Constitution Project, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and a regular political commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He has chaired task forces on foreign policy for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and is author of several books, most recently Reclaiming Conservatism.
Laura Anne Ingraham is an American radio host, author, and conservative political commentator. Her nationally-syndicated talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, airs throughout the United States on Talk Radio Network.
Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Reed served as a senior advisor to George W. Bush's presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004 and chaired the Southeast Region for Bush-Cheney in 2004. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party he led the GOP to its biggest victory in history, helping to elect the first Republican Governor and third U.S. Senator since Reconstruction. Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, LLC, a public relations and public affairs firm. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. Reed has been named one of the top ten political newsmakers in the nation by Newsweek, one of the twenty most influential leaders of his generation by Life magazine, and one of the 50 future leaders of America by Time magazine. He is the best-selling author and editor of five books, including his latest novel, The Confirmation (2010). Reed serves on the Board of Visitors for The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and on the Executive Board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Advisory Council of SafeHouse, a faith-based organization helping the poor and needy.
Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, asserts that the Republican Party is out of touch with mainstream American voters because it no longer serves their interests.
Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, posits the current GOP platform is not anathema to minorities and cites a recent Republican president who won a good portion of the Hispanic vote in 2004: George W. Bush.