Laura Ingraham: The center Isn't the answer for the GOP
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 ? PBS's program Intelligence Squared pitted The New York Times writer David Brooks and former Congressman Mickey Edwards against radio host Laura Ingraham and Faith & Freedom Coalition founder and chairman Ralph Reed. They argued the motion, 'The GOP Must Move to the Center or Die'; Edwards and Brooks argued for the motion with Ingraham and Reed opposing.
Brooks put forward two central arguments for moving towards the center: The first was a scenario of a little girl from the inner city, with bad public schools, no father, and little social capital ? a child of 'Julia,' perhaps ? who wants to exceed her given surroundings. Brooks argued that social mobility is the Republican Party's founding principle, dating back to Lincoln, and that social mobility is dependent on government for a large share of Americans.