Friday, March 26, 2010

They Eat Their Own


For some reason I didn't really bother getting into this, but right after the health care bill vote last Sunday, former Bush speech writer David Frum wrote a shockingly honest piece on how America's conservatives had just gotten their asses handed to them -- and how they had no one to blame but themselves.

If you haven't read it, I really suggest you take a look.

Well, suffice it to say that Frum's right-wing overseers and peers are responding to his self-criticism and examination with all the restraint, dignity and introspection you'd expect.

Mediaite: David Frum Says He Was Fired for Writing His "Waterloo" Column/3.26.10

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

There has to be some way to name this hard-down lock-step behavior with the GOP.

Groupthink? Doesn't seem strong enough.

They are hurting themselves and this country.

Chez said...

Describing as a quest for ideological purity fits nicely. At the risk of violating Godwin's Law, the word "purity" takes on such a menacing air when used that way.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else note that Obama choose to make his victory lap speech yesterday 80 miles from Waterloo, Iowa? Wouldn't it have been fantastic if he had just done it from there to fuck with the right?

Rory said...

I wonder how long until Mr. Frum has an attempt on his life for displaying such shocking thoughtfulness.

Christine said...

At the time that I went to read the column, the first 40 or so comments had just gone up... I'd say there were roughly 15 to 20 comments eviscerating him and calling him a traitor for every 1 comment that agreed. Not long after, the comment section was shut down entirely. I was wondering how long it would be before the fall out reached nuclear proportions.... guess the first volley is out.

Al said...

From what I gather the implications of his firing include him losing his health insurance - thus making him likely to hop in the insurance pool system once it is implemented.

The irony is indeed rich.

idiosynchronic said...

Anon:
Anyone else note that Obama choose to make his victory lap speech yesterday 80 miles from Waterloo, Iowa? Wouldn't it have been fantastic if he had just done it from there to fuck with the right?

That would have been a smashing location. Waterloo has been one of the more economically depressed urban centers in Iowa since the 80's when manufacturing started to fold up and leave. That city's residents will benefit greatly from any heath care reform, even this flawed law.

I'm not quite sure why it was staged in Iowa City. It's interesting that the Guv, whom has had a lousy term and has done a lousy job of responding to the circumstances, had another rally at a different location and neither attended each other's rallies.

Stephen LaRose said...

Al: since Frum is a Canadian, he's probably got health insurance already.

kanye said...

"Since, he [Frum] is no longer affiliated with AEI, I feel free to say publicly something he told me in private a few months ago. He asked if I had noticed any comments by AEI "scholars" on the subject of health care reform. I said no and he said that was because they had been ordered not to speak to the media because they agreed with too much of what Obama was trying to do." -Bruce Bartlett

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Anonymous said...

Stuff like this is what leads to the brain-drain of the Republican party. They shout out their most sensible and intelligent members since they actually speak up and offer strategy and criticism as opposed to falling in line with the rest of the howler monkeys who just scream and shout obscenities. It will be interesting to see how the November '10 elections turn out but if stuff like this continues (which it will) it's very likely Obama will get a second term as the GOP will find itself split. Any Republican candidate will be in a lose/lose scenario; pander to the lunatic crowd but lose anyone who votes with even a modicum of common sense or run as a moderate conservative and be painted as a traitor and appeaser.

surfer said...

Stephen LaRose said...
Al: since Frum is a Canadian, he's probably got health insurance already.


Actually, Stephen, David Frum has dual citizenship, having become an American in 2007 I believe. And, Canadian citizens cannot be out of the country for more than 5-6 months (I think) in order to be covered by our health care system. So I guess he'll just have to figure something out.