Victor Davis Hanson has a "simple conservative message." Simple-minded actually. One of his nostrums is "a balanced budget, no exceptions." But if he can't be bothered to explain which entitlements need to be cut to achieve that, how we can expect any politicians to achieve this? The closest he comes is "Just say no—or better yet 'Please pay for it' — the next time a new entitlement is introduced," which is a cop-out. There's also "Close the border" (how exactly?) and "free and supervised trade" (not sure what that means either, especially the "supervised").
He writes the "Problem [capital P in original] is not conservatism, but conservatives who aren't conservative." Maybe the Problem is conservatives who prefer posturing over practicality.