As if anyone really believes that Fox management et al is in the least bit worried about Becks’ rantings.
If Frum were to write the State of the Union address for President Obama, via Taegan:
Former Bush speechwriter David Frum offers his own draft of the State of the Union address for President Obama.
One interesting (and telling) nugget: “We can see the future of a better economy already emerging. Over the past twelve months, we have created more than one million net new jobs in the private sector — while government employment has shrunk by more than 250,000. Corporate profitability has reached record highs, meaning that companies can afford to hire as demand revives… If this is ‘socialism,’ what would capitalism look like?“
David Frum had the nerve– the nerve!– to say that the health care reform bill would be the Republicans’ Waterloo. He also popped out with a little nugget about the GOP being run by Fox, not vice versa.
Of course that was stating the obvious. ClusterFox virtually owns the party, promotes the Tea Baggers, and has many GOP Congress members cowering.
Frum’s abrupt termination from the American Enterprise Institute came after her wrote a CNN piece about said GOP Waterloo, as well as an appearance on MSNBC where he repeated the point.
In other words, a policy of no compromising, going the radical route, would lead to a bad outcome.
It sure did for him.
And for the party. The GOP has been undermined by the word No, by the open hostility to reason, and by subservience to a Tee Vee network that spews extreme views.
Of course, we’ve been saying this for years.
Here’s what Frum says:
David Frum told Mike Allen last night that “he believes his axing from his $100,000-a-year ‘resident scholar’ gig at the conservative American Enterprise Institute was related to donor pressure following his viral blog post arguing Republicans had suffered a devastating, generational ‘Waterloo’ in their loss to President Obama on health reform.”
Said Frum: “There’s a lot about the story I don’t really understand. But the core of the story is the kind of economic pressure that intellectual conservatives are under… the elite isn’t leading anymore. It’s trapped. Partly because of the desperate economic situation in the country, what were once the leading institutions of conservatism are constrained.”
The party has boxed themselves into a corner, just as David Corn said last night on Countdown. All that groveling and catering to the far right is not good for more reasonable members, nor is it good for the country.
There needs to be real debate, honest opinion differences for a democracy to work properly. When party leaders shout “Armageddon!” and do nothing but stand against things, this is what happens.
Well, Frum can always write another book.
Former Bush speechwriter David Frum says Republicans bet that the health care reform bill would be President Obama’s Waterloo — “just as health care was Clinton’s in 1994.”
“Only, the hardliners overlooked a few key facts: Obama was elected with 53% of the vote, not Clinton’s 42%. The liberal block within the Democratic congressional caucus is bigger and stronger than it was in 1993-94. And of course the Democrats also remember their history, and also remember the consequences of their 1994 failure.”
“This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none… We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.“
More like a Waterloo-loo.
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