Bill Bennett offered good advice on June 27 at that National Review gathering: “Never yield the high ground of compassion to the liberals. Never yield to the idea that they care more about the children than we do. Millions of fatherless children are awful policy. And caring doesn’t mean more money. Please, let’s at long last seize this issue from them. They have owned the issue in the public mind, have controlled most of the levers of the education system, and have totally screwed it up. Let’s take it back.”
We almost took it back from 1995 through 2001. We can try, try again, but we may need a name on the banner different from “compassionate conservatism.” My thanks to all who suggested the names in italics above—and 15 more that I don’t have room to list—but I don’t think we have the right name yet, so I’m not ready to declare an end to the naming contest that began in January. Let me know what you think.