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Topic - Donald J. Devine
You have to be my age — 121 or so — to remember Frank Meyer in his National Review prime: firm jaw; light-saber intellect; working the phones at 3 a.m. as he pieced together and sorted out the varied stripes and gradations of conservatism.
Republicans found themselves facing agonizing day-after questions Wednesday that they admit are nearly impossible to answer while trying to hold together their diverse electoral coalition and ensure their survival as America's conservative party.
Bound by a common desire to deny President Obama a second term, restive activists gathering Thursday for the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington find themselves lacking a clear champion in the suddenly scrambled Republican race to choose an alternative.
A job-approval boost for President Obama is almost inevitable following the dramatic Sunday-night announcement that U.S. military forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
"He's not a detail person," said Donald J. Devine, a former Reagan administration official who is editor of Conservative Battleline.
"From the most traditional Amish or Hasidic," says Mr. Devine, "to the conventional suburbs, to the free lifestyle of San Francisco or even 'Sin City' Las Vegas, why not let communities compete and let diversity prevail?"