In a priceless must-read, Bloomberg's Josh Barro shatters the framework of Ted Cruz's "bonkers speech" of two weeks ago, in which the senator-elect "outline[d] five planks of 'opportunity conservatism.' The first is 'jobs and the economy,' and it doesn't really have much policy content.... [H]is next four planks are old conservative hobby horses: school choice, Social Security private accounts, 'Sound Money' (meaning deflationary monetary policy) and"--this is my favorite--gun rights.
Aside from school choice, "opportunity conservatism" as described by Cruz is just a synonym for "you're on your own." Concerned about crime? Buy a gun. Want to retire? Try your luck in the stock market. Need a job? Start your own business. Hoping for monetary or fiscal policies to bring down unemployment? Sorry, that's not the government's job.
And the Upshot II: "The idea that this message will save Republicans is bonkers."
The irony is that what movement conservatives insist would destroy the GOP--a return to Eisenhower Republicanism: a fundamental embrace of New Dealism, Keynesian economics, and international humility--is the only thing that could conceivably salvage it.