Reinventing the GOP

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Young conservatives Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam are the toast of Republican thought circles right now. But their call to Republican revival is also a broadside.

Bush-era crony capitalism and government neglect, they charge, have pushed the USA toward a Latin American model of rich and poor and nothing in between.

If the Grand Old Party wants a comeback, they argue, it's going to have to do something serious for American workers. But something conservative.

This hour, On Point: "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class" — they say — "and Save the American Dream."Guests:

Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, editors at The Atlantic Monthly and co-authors of "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream."

Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and co-founder of the Economic Policy Institute.

This program aired on June 24, 2008.


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