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Alexander Heffner, who succeeded his grandfather and mentor Richard D. Heffner, said “the importance of public broadcasting and elevating our discourse into something substantive and meaningful were values that were instilled in me.”
A NYT op-ed forum, with smart observations from Taylor Jo Isenberg and Carrie Sheffield, launched upon an intriguing (counter-factual) premise: What if Gov. Christie had been invited to CPAC? From my contribution: "For Christie it is a blessing more than a snub. If he were to appease the messiahs of conservative purity with a flame-throwing speech, he would endanger his appeal to the next generation of increasingly progressive young voters, a powerful electoral bloc poised to disqualify him from higher office in 2016."
The program that my grandfather created and hosted for more than fifty years will continue, beginning June 21, 2014, Saturdays at 12 noon on Channel Thirteen. The Open Mind as a weekly public affairs program was designed to elicit guests' most meaningful insights into the challenges Americans face in a variety of contemporary areas of national concern.
After a lackluster performance in the first presidential debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, President Obama and his advisers hunkered into boot-camp mode, with the goal of a stark course correction.
Christie has not yet sold his soul to the antique breed of conservatism that is losing traction with Americans coming of age. But he has a distance to go. If he wants to reverse his party’s fate, he will have to articulate a more millennial-friendly vision of conservatism.
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