GOP: Get out of town

What’s my take on the formation of the National Council for a New America? Couldn’t hurt the Republican Party. The group, whose members include top Republicans in Congress, the former presidential nominee, a few former and future presidential candidates, Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal, will hold town-hall-style meetings outside the Beltway. At these meetings, the assembled Republicans will listen and hope to develop new conservative ideas. Get outside the Beltway, loosen the tie, get in touch with real America. Not bad. Whether you think this group has value will probably depend on your diagnosis of the modern Republican Party. Gingrich? Barbour? Bush? The new face of the party?

The Atlantic
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