Republican troubles are largely "self-inflicted wounds"
"...many Americans today believe the party is stale and does not deserve that label ["Party of Ideas"]..."
"...we have not used our principles to provide solutions to the kitchen table concerns of middle-class America..."
Republicans have a debilitating habit of "falling back on ideology alone"
Now, Duncan wrote his memo as introduction to his new initiative, the Center for Republican Renewal, but introduced as the appointed director of this new center one Steven J. Duffield who was also the force behind the 2008 Republican National Platform.
This is how the Republicans will transcend the dictates of ideology? Duffield was responsible for producing one of the most ideologically narrow political documents in history. So we're left wondering just how "Republican renewal" is going to hatch out of that stale egg.