That was what “compassionate conservatism” seemed to be: a Third Way for Republicans; rhetorical distancing from actual conservative positions to show that he wasn’t really one of “them”; a sort of neoliberalism on the right. In practice, that is more or less what it was. It wasn’t anything really new, but presented a new face: it was moderate Republicanism that had a friend in Jesus.--Daniel Larison. Emphasis added.
I called it a "phrase" because I don't know if it's an epigram, a bon mot, an aphorism, or all three.