On the other hand, the biggest problem on the right at the moment is the disconnect between its thinkers and its politicians—a ”brain-body gap.” None of the smart new ideas from the thinkers ever seem to filter down to the doers.
Would-be reformers looking to see how innovative center-right policy ideas can make it into official party platforms should look to Australia: the story of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s generous parental leave program is a good example of how the process should work.
Meade is a diehard neocon, and one of the last persons to give advice to the GOP, which already has a surfeit of his ilk at the top.
If the Gentry would like some excellent advice about their base (which they absolutely won’t), it’s simple: Stop trying to run your base out of the party. Because if you succeed, you won’t have a party any longer.