Former Bush administration officials Mike Gerson and Pete Wehner are pushing back against the rising influence of libertarianism in the Republican Party. They wrote in the journal National Affairs that “responsible, self-governing citizens do not grow wild like blackberries, which is why a conservative political philosophy cannot be reduced to untrammeled libertarianism.” They argued that “conservatives should offer a menu of structural reforms that do not simply attack government but transform it on conservative terms.” But as Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza noted, a nuanced explanation of when and where government is necessary doesn’t fire up the GOP base the way savaging Obamacare does.
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