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July 11, 2008

What's happened to the conservative movement in America? Conservatives Mickey Edwards and Ross Douthat discuss why they believe their movement has gone off track during the last eight years and what it means for the Republican Party. Douthat is senior editor at THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY and co-author of GRAND NEW PARTY, and Mickey Edwards is a former Republican Congressman and author of RECLAIMING CONSERVATISM.

Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards was a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma for 16 years, serving as a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, as well as a senior member of the House Republican leadership. Mickey Edwards, Photo by Robin Holland

He was one of the three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation, and national chairman of the American Conservative Union, and served for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was also the director of the congressional policy task force advising Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign for the presidency.

Upon leaving Congress, Edwards taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for 11 years, and now teaches at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, directing a political leadership program for the Aspen Institute. He was an advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Edwards is on the board of directors of The Constitution Project and has chaired task forces for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat, Photo by Robin Holland Ross Douthat is a senior editor at THE ATLANTIC and the author of PRIVILEGE: HARVARD AND THE EDUCATION OF THE RULING CLASS, and GRAND NEW PARTY, with Reihan Salam, which is forthcoming in 2008 from Doubleday. He is the film critic for NATIONAL REVIEW, and his work has also appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE WEEKLY STANDARD, GQ, SLATE, and other publications. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he now lives in Baltimore.
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References and Reading:
Ross Douthat's blog
In THE ATLANTIC, recent posts include: "The GOP's Carter Moment," "Grand New Party and Practical Politics," and "The Case of Jesse Helms."

"What is Left? What is Right?" Ross Douthat in THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE, August 28, 2006.

Ross Douthat on Privilege NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE's Q and A with Ross Douthat.

NPR: The Diane Rehm Show
Listen to Mickey Edwards discuss Congressional oversight and Iraq policy, January 9, 2007.

The Constitution Project
The Constitution Project Introduces First in a Series of Constitutional Commentary: Congress is the Ultimate "Decider" by Mickey Edwards

Politics of the Future
by Congressman Mickey Edwards, ASPEN IDEA (PDF)

Guest photos by Robin Holland

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