The Republican Party has lost touch with its roots, say authors Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam. They're hoping to fix that in their new book, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.
Salam says George W. Bush won the presidency by winning over "soccer moms" and then threw himself into a series of policy initiatives that his newfound base found largely irrelevant to their lives.
Salam says the American middle class is currently concerned about downward mobility and problems with the educational system — and that the Republican Party is not addressing those concerns. John McCain, the party's soon-to-be nominee for the presidency, hasn't helped matters because he's failed to articulate a vision about education, health care or jobs.
"He doesn't get it," says Salam. "I like his foreign policy, but he does not represent the future of the party."