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Ramesh Ponnuru

Compassionate Conservatism: Still Dead

Are new Republican policies really a return to "compassionate conservatism"? No -- and that's a good thing.
Do they care about you?
Do they care about you?

Compassionate conservatism is back. That's how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being Representative Paul Ryan's announcement of new anti-poverty proposals.

Beinart is skeptical that this revival of an old campaign theme will work. I'm skeptical that the revival is even taking place.