THE NATION: The Turn to the Future

With the clatter of pots and pans in the political kitchen, the cries of brawling candidates in the national living room, and the static of charge and countercharge on the party line, the true voice of the U.S. political system has a hard time getting through to the people. But last week, for a moment in history, the election-year hubbub died low, the lines cleared, and from San Francisco came the clear tones of a political leader turning squarely to the future of a Republican Party once known, however justly, for its dedication to the past.

For those grown fond...

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