Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Future of the Republican Party
Katrina vanden Heuvel has been The Nation's editor since 1995 and publisher since 2005.
She is the co-editor of Taking Back America--And Taking Down The Radical Right (NationBooks, 2004) and, most recently, editor of The Dictionary of Republicanisms, (NationBooks, 2005)
She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia." The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union," was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.
She has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association and The Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She is also the recipient of The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and she also serves on the board of The Institute for Women's Policy Research, The Institute for Policy Studies, The World Policy Institute, The Correctional Association of New York and The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and she lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Question: What can Republicans do to regroup?
vanden Heuvel: I’m not that well versed in the leaders, but I believe, with a little bit of reporting and a little bit of understanding of this last campaign, that you put aside Sarah Palin for a moment, you put aside the Social Conservative movement within the Republican Party, what struck me was the excitement around Ron Paul, especially among young people, on campuses around the country. Ron Paul is not going to be the standard bearer for the Republican Party, but in his ideas and in that kind of libertarian spirit, which is very American, the idea of choice, of going your own way, I think that the libertarian spirit, the libertarian politics within the Republican Party may be its future, as long as it also taps into not only the younger generation demographically, but it needs to broaden and become more inclusive, because in this last election you saw the end of the Southern strategy, using race to divide a [wedge] issue, and you also saw how the Republicans have become, in a sense, a [rump] regional party by failing to tap into the changing conditions and demographics of this country.
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