Tiger Beat on the Potomac today is writing about something called Reform Republicans, which sadly is not analogous to reform school.
Anyway, it seems that Wingnuttia noticed that they have not been winning many battles lately and so a crew of ‘em got together a wrote a pamphlet that they call Room to Grow (it’s a PDF, Fair Warning).
Politico describes it thusly: “The reformers say they want to move the GOP beyond its Reagan-era script of cutting taxes and shrinking government and toward a focus on what a more limited government can and should do, especially for the middle class.” In other words, it is another rebranding attempt this time by the so-called policy wonks (Peter Wehner, Yuval Levin, and hilariously Ramesh Ponnuru is part of the brain trust behind this Waterloo.)
How do we know this is just rebranding, you ask? Here’s the tell from the reformers themselves:
If anything, they say, their ideas would “reform” broken institutions by pushing them to the right.
So a two-page Politico think piece that tells us that the reform is to be more conservative.
UPDATE: just for shits and giggles I searched for all of the authors involved in this project just to look for one piece of information: their birth dates. You see, this is a project of the GOP’s hysterically named Young Guns Network (YGN), which at best seems to be wishful thinking. It is almost as if they were deliberately trying to obscure this information. None of the encapsulated bios give dates, most of these people do not have Wikipedia entries, and those that do have Wiki entries do not have biographical details as trivial as birth dates, though a few do list when they matriculated from undergraduate to graduate work.
Unless they were exceptionally gifted and enrolled in college while still wearing pull-ups, it seems likely that young guns is a relative term compared to the average age of the GOP; methinks that they probably are between late 40s and mid-60s, based upon what sketchy biographical detail I can detect. The pictures in the encapsulated biographies at the end of each section also give clues to age: many are silver-haired, a few are bald, and some pictures are clearly from another era, judging by the fashion of hair and collars. I’m willing to be wrong of course, but I think Young is a misnomer, but guns seems accurate.
With the exception of Ramesh Ponnuru, all of the Young Guns are white, and with the further exception of Carrie Lukas, all of the Young Guns are male.