TYREE: Teatime aftertaste

GOP’s Pledge and new challenges

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Who will be the party’s standard-bearer in 2012 - a devoted pledger or a moderate who can appeal to centrist voters while indulging in rhetorical flourishes to keep the right on board? Can a bona-fide conservative get elected? (Is there another Ronald Reagan in the wings?) All good questions impossible to answer authoritatively right now.

The pledge needs not just signatories and endorsers; it needs a long-term, steady commitment, not just high-pitched rhetoric in a heated or convenient moment.

One thing can be said of the Democrats at this juncture - they clearly have an agenda and intend to continue enacting and defending it. What about the Republicans? After all, in the long term, it is difficult to beat something with nothing.

Benjamin Tyree, a former editor for The Washington Times, is a Washington writer and media fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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