“My theory of the case is this,” Ryan said. “We win an ideas contest; we lose a personality contest.”
“We need to be inspirational. We need to be inclusive. . . . We cannot fall into the progressives’ trap of acting like angry reactionaries,” he said. “The left would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad and fire.”
Others at the policy summit were of a similar mind. “Recently, we’ve heard a lot about the term ‘anger,’” said North Carolina representative Mark Walker, who spoke on the topic of civil society. “Let me tell you folks, in my opinion, it’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to talk about what needs to be done. . . . But it has to be focused in the right direction. . . . Not only is it important to be discerning, but you also want to be compassionate.”
Speaker Paul Ryan is basically saying the GOP needs somebody like David Cameron, which is absolutely right. It's great to hear a senior Republican figure recognizing the need for a more inclusive and compassionate conservatism.