Not so fast Frum!
* “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.” It was Perot who took a significant percent from both parties, though more from the GOP, Clinton’s percent would have been higher without Perot.
* “The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan.” There is a failure to differentiate between the legitimate power an individual state might exercise, and what the Constitution allows the Federal Government! I suppose to “experts in governance” the concept of republican Constitutionally limited government may seem quaint and naive. I don’t. If I didn’t like Romney’s Health Care I could vote with my feet and choose another state in which to reside. Thats the point of having separate states!
* “Could we have leveraged his desire to align the plan more closely with conservative views? To finance it without redistributive taxes on productive enterprise – without weighing so heavily on small business – without expanding Medicaid? ” NO, because this plan is not about healthcare. It IS only about gathering the levers of power in order to enact real transformative redistributive change! Frum, why should we lend credibility to this charade?
* “We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.” Yeah, John McCaine was a real fire breathing constitutionalist enemy of statism wherever it reared its head. Nah, only kidding!
* “How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother?” I don’t know, Frum, how do you? With more insured, and decreased money (we have an unsustainably increasing budget deficit), there must be rationing. Who will determine who gets what? Andrew Lloyd the FCC diversity czar knows. “Somebody’s gotta step down and let others have a turn at power.” (or something like that) Any form of rationing that occurs is either through market forces or through ultimately arbitrary power. Political connection will replace financial ability. Schemers prosper in the former, creators in the latter.
* “When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say….[i]f Republicans succeed… Rush’s listeners get less angry…they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.” Frum, Limbaugh has probably already made more money than your extended family has totaling their income into the genealogical mists. Despite the snide innuendo, you don’t even have the stones to make your point explicitly! Are you afraid Rush might sue you? You would be as a bug on his windshield! Who would sue a bug? Rush wanted Obama to fail so he could make more money on the radio. I can’t express the loathing I have for you, Frum.
* Did you criticize Rush’s commercial success when he supported you and your fellow neo-cons Iraq War? From Vanity Fair: “David Frum, the former White House speechwriter who co-wrote Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, accusing Iraq of being part of an “axis of evil,” says it now looks as if defeat may be inescapable…” Who is lower than a man who encourages a war and then pees his pants that its taking too long?
* “For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.” Frum apparently believes that if the GOP co-operated in this unconstitutional establishment of a Command Economy, there would have been a less statist and redistributive bill. Once the foot is in the door it would have been too late. As the Senators openly bragged: Its just a starter home! Once we “pass a right” we inevitably enlarge its franchise, they assert. The Constitution recognizes our Rights as being self-evident inherent to our possession of a rational mind, as created by Nature and its God.
Listening to the AM radio yesterday scanning during a Sleepnumber Bed (actually the cold remedy thing) break, I happened to tune into 1150 AM in the Hartford CT area. It was a liberal talk show! I didn’t know there were any left in the free market since Air America failed. Funny because “Waterloo” was mentioned. The host (no idea, Tom something) was finding racism in the Senator of SC Demint’s claim that this Obamacare will prove to be his Waterloo and will break him. Where is the racism? Here’s the stretch: in South Carolina it apparently is widely known that slaves were occasionally in need of breaking. Racked on a wheel, they were made an example. And this is what Demint was saying? Weak. Then a caller was unintentionally funny. From his voice he sounded like an educated 20-30’s year old. He said ” I understand what he meant by breaking Obama, but I don’t know what he meant by Waterloo?” This was an educated, well-spoken (as Biden would say) black man. College educated, perhaps a Black Studies major? Or whatever, maybe Black Poetry. But could not understand the metaphor of “meeting ones Waterloo”. Sad. And he votes, I’m certain.
Not so fast Frum!