August 29, 2012
The Republican Party’s effort to re-brand itself as more conservative at its Tampa convention reflects the two parties’ increasing alignment around conservative and liberal ideas, a Heritage Foundation panel said yesterday on the Fox News Power Play.
Today’s GOP is “more uniformly conservative in its view on a range of issues,” Heritage vice president Mike Franc said. The convention speakers reflect the changed “ideological center of gravity, which now is comfortably to the right.”
Heritage vice presidents Mike Gonzalez and Genevieve Wood, who are in Tampa to give voice to principled conservative ideas during the convention, agreed. The Democrats, meanwhile, have become more like a European social democratic party, Gonzalez said.
Power Play host Chris Stirewalt had kind words for Heritage during his introduction.
“Do you know where conservatives go to get a lot of their ideas?” he asked. “The Heritage Foundation is sort of the lodestar think tank.”
Heritage, he continued, “along with Cato, AEI and a few others, provide[s] the intellectual heft for the right.”
What do you think? Are the parties aligning themselves around political ideas?