Another week, another manifesto proclaiming conservative principles for America.
Today’s edition is titled the Mount Vernon Statement, and it includes some heavy hitters from the conservative movement: Edwin Meese, Ed Feulner, Tony Perkins, among others.
In light of the explosion of conservative manifestos as we enter the 2010 election season — HotAir.com says there are at least seven — it may be tempting to portray them as the attempts of various center-right groups to grab the reins. I think it’s a little more complicated than that.
The Mount Vernon Statement, for one, is pretty broad and generic. Not much for anyone to quibble with there, except to the degree that far-lefties who fancied themselves ascendant in the past year have demonized words like “market.” But it is a bottom line.
The debate will come in the platforms stacked upon that one. So far, elected Republicans haven’t laid out anything explicit, only hinted at something approximating a warmed-over Contract With