This weekend National Review Institute hosted a Summit in Washington DC titled "The Future of Conservatism."
The fact that National Review felt the need to call on Joe Scarborough to sum up the "Trouble with Conservatism" is Exhibit A for what is wrong with these navel-gazing enterprises.
"I think the debate has been stifled. It has been stifled because we have created this conservative groupthink over 30 years that has become more and more narrow. A conservative groupthink that would allow all of our primary presidential candidates being asked if they would take a 10-to-1 deal on spending cuts to taxes, and everybody’s afraid to talk. "
Maybe, just maybe an MSNBC host is NOT the answer for the "Future of Conservatism." Maybe DC groups should look to the parts of the country where conservatives have actually won something. Maybe Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) should have been on the stage. Or Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), you know, the guy who was abandoned by these same smart guys in blue blazers back in 2004 for Arlen Spector.
(H/T Jeff Poor