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David Frum
  • Quote Unquote: Paying for Lies

    Conservative columnist David Frum on why, despite all the polling, the Romney campaign was so unprepared for the Election Day results


    "If you pay people to lie to you, you'll hear a lot of lies."


    And, if you pay millions of dollars for lies, you'll hear about a million lies. It's basic math.

    Tags: David Frum, Mitt Romney, Polls, Quote Unquote
  • Elena Kagan Is a Republican Plant!

    You know, we've been trying for the longest time to figure out who Elena Kagan looks like, and it just came to us: conservative columnist David Frum.

    And, come to think of it, have you ever seen them in the same room at the same time? What does that tell you?

    Hey, we're not accusing anyone of secretly being anyone else. We're just asking questions like good patriotic Americans. Compare the "two" people for yourself…

    She's actually a little more attractive than memory serves, huh?

    Tags: David Frum, Elena Kagan, Supreme Court
  • David Frum Dismissed from Conservative Think Tank for Too Much Thinking Inside the Tank

    They know it was you, David…

    Conservative columnist David Frum has been perhaps the most pessimistic seers of things to come, calling [health care reform] the GOP's Waterloo in a much-linked about response.

    You broke their hearts

    Frum posted on his blog yesterday that he'd been booted from his perch at the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank where he's worked for years…

    This morning, Frum explained to Politico that he's a casualty of the war of the rabid conservative base against its elite wise men. "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."

    They don't feel they have to wipe everybody out. Just their enemies. (Which is only mostly everybody.)

    Tags: Conservatives, David Frum, Republicans, Tea Party
  • Weighing the Lasting Harm of Affordable Health Care

    So, now that health care reform has passed the House, and the Earth has not been swallowed by a giant space worm as was foretold by conservative shaman (yet), a lot of people are now speculating on what speculations people will be speculatively speculating upon going forward.

    Conservative columnist David Frum has been perhaps the most pessimistic seers of things to come, calling it the GOP's Waterloo in a much-linked about response

    No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the "doughnut hole" and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents' insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there — would President Obama sign such a repeal?

    We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.

    Which is weird, because radicals usually lead people to extremely popular and well-understood successes. Probably why they're called "radicals."

    Not all conservatives share Frum's gloomy disposition about the bill's passage. Other have a totally different gloomy disposition, one about people's ability to put two-and-two together

    Republican leaders dismissed any suggestion that the bill would hurt the party over the long term.

    "Someone at Harvard or in San Francisco might think that, but not the rest of the country," said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee.

    Sen. Alexander is probably right. With all due respect to Mr. Frum, you'd really have to be an east coast, socialist, atheist, academic egghead or a west coast, liberal, bathhouse-going-to, homosexual pervert to see through the Republicans' brilliant plan of saying 'no' to everything. Real Americans would never catch on to that game plan.

    Tags: David Frum, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lamar Alexander, Republicans, Senate
  • Q: On What Issue Do Democrats and Rush Limbaugh See Eye to Eye?

    A: On whether or not Rush Limbaugh should be considered "the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party."

    David Frum, however, does not agree. In fact, he has a whole nuther take on Rush Limbaugh's Earth-moving speech from CPAC than you're likely to see many places elsewhere. He sees its orator as..

    A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence — exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party.

    And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word — we'll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time…

    But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s.

    Now that's just mean. Come on, David Frum, show some couth…

    He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect.

    That's better. I mean, you don't want Rush bad-mouthing you for three-seconds on his show tomorrow and therefore sending his mouth-foaming minions upon you.

    I do have to say, it feels really nice having Limbaugh doing all his damage on the other side of the fence. At least for a little while.

    (via Andrew Sullivan)

    Tags: CPAC, David Frum, Rush Limbaugh