EPPC Briefly: How to Win a GOP Primary

December 17, 2015


Interview with Henry Olsen: How You Win a GOP Primary
In an interview with the Washington Post, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen discusses his new bookThe Four Faces of the Republican Party: The Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination (co-authored with Dante J. Scala) and explains the key factions of voters who will determine the Republican nominee.

Video: The Four Faces of the GOP
In a recent lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Olsen presents an in-depth analysis of the Republican Party’s factions, their historic roots, and how and why neither the insider/outsider nor the establishment/conservative way of looking at the race is correct.

The Polls May Be Underestimating Trump’s Support
In The Atlantic, Mr. Olsen compares the rise of Donald Trump with similar phenomena in Europe, and explains that “American elites must understand that Trump’s appeal is large and not going away.”

Is Trump Working for Hillary?
EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen laments that, in a campaign where Republicans have plenty of opportunities to highlight the failures of President Obama and the risk of more of the same under Hillary Clinton, “the orange-maned billionaire bogeyman dominates the discussion.”

A Plan to Restore Free Speech on Campus

In response to the “metastasizing assault on free speech” on college campuses, EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz outlines a five-point plan that would “restore liberty of thought and discussion to the American academy.”

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What Really Happened at Synod 2015
In First Things, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel observes that “for all the confusions caused by ignorant, irresponsible, and ideologically skewed reporting on what happened in Rome, the recent synod reaffirmed the Gospel and the settled truths of Catholic faith and practice.”

The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America
In a lecture hosted by the Heritage Foundation, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton explains why Europe is “profoundly threatened” and urges Americans to “hold onto the belief in themselves as one nation … under God.”

Why the Paris Climate Deal is a Total Sham
EPPC Fellow Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry argues that, for John Kerry and his collaborators on the climate deal, “in the end, getting great headlines and photo-ops mattered more than actually reducing carbon emissions.”

A New Homestead Act—To Jump Start the U.S. Economy
EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen makes the case that “the GOP should propose a new Homestead Act that reforms federal tax law, unemployment compensation, income-support efforts and welfare programs to encourage worker mobility.”

Liberals Revel in Festival of Smugness over Scalia Comments
The “bad-faith” liberal outrage over Justice Scalia’s remarks during oral arguments about affirmative action was a “repugnant spectacle,” writes EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen.

Jews and Catholics: A Common Witness?
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel highlights a new Vatican document that is “both a review of what has been accomplished since Vatican II and a gentle, if quietly bold, suggestion for where the Jewish-Catholic dialogue should go in its next phase.”

A Clear Path for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare Is Coming into View
EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta explains that “opponents of Obamacare, after many years of effort, are finally making some progress, on both policy and political strategy.” (See also this new report co-authored by Mr. Capretta, EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin and other leading health-care policy experts that lays out a comprehensive plan to “decisively reorient health care policy away from bureaucratic regulation and toward the preferences of patients and consumers.”)

Conservatism and the Conservatory
Reflecting on the unique importance of classical music, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton reminds readers that “there cannot be a coherent conservatism, either in everyday life or in politics, that does not take high culture seriously.”

The Closing of Barack Obama’s Mind
EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner observes that President Obama’s progressive ideology blinds him to reality “on issue after issue,” especially “in his utter inability to see the struggle within Islam that is unfolding before his very eyes.”

Remembering Two Great Bishops
They lived two centuries apart, but Archbishop John Carroll and Cardinal Francis George were both “heroes” who left distinctive marks on American Catholicism, writes EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel.

‘Nothing to Do with Islam’
EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen blasts Hillary Clinton and others on the left who deny the “glaringly, blazingly obvious” threat of Islamic extremism.

Books for Christmas
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel offers his annual list of the best books for the readers on your Christmas list. (See also EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin’s list of his favorite books of 2015.)


Rave Reviews for Roger Scruton’s New Book
The Wall Street Journal hails EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton’s new book Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (an updated version of his Thinkers of the New Left) as a “masterpiece.” And a review at National Review Online explains that, in his “rewarding” diagnosis of leftist thought, “Scruton isn’t merely a debunker, but offers a way out of Marxism.”

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