Since Republicans lost big in the 2012 elections, there’s been a lot of talk about a new direction for the party. Karl Rove is using his Super PAC to crush far-right potential candidates like Todd Akin. House Republicans are trying something else: Same conservative policies, now with less fiery rhetoric.
In a big speech on Tuesday before the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., struck a softer tone on social issues and the Republican agenda. He called for the GOP to “focus our attention really on what lies beyond the fiscal debates” and to promote “conditions for health, happiness and prosperity.” Cantor also floated the Twitter hashtag #MakingLifeWork as representative of this new tack.
But the policies, it seems, are not going to change. As Brian Beutler from TPM reports: