Former Bush speechwriter David Frum:

Could a deal have been reached? Who knows? But we do know that the gap between this plan and traditional Republican ideas is not very big. The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994 …

No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed.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 …

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

Will they learn? Nah. Now Frum will be on the shitlist.

5 thoughts on “Waterloo

  1. To be fair, Frum has been on their shitlist ever since philosophical differences caused him to part ways from National Review (those differences being that he wasn’t batshit crazy), and I’d been seeing anger building toward him even before then. He is a neo-con, but not as reality impaired as some and certainly a few parsecs away from the Tea Party crowd. I generally disagree with everything he has to say, but at least I could have a conversation with him. In fact, at one point we exchanged a couple of emails. None of that is to say that I don’t feel a certain amount of schadenfreude toward the originator of the “Axis of Evil” phrase, but I feel a very slight twinge of pity too.

  2. They may be crazy but they may very well be in control by 2012. I think the Dems REALLY fucked themselves this time.

  3. “We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.”
    And this; “but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead. The real leaders are on TV and radio, and they have very different imperatives from people in government.”

    We’ll never hear from him again.

  4. You folks who buy into the idea of massive Dem loses in ’10 or ’12 may be in for a big surprise! I’m a strong critic of Obama, but I don’t doubt his ability to make folks like and trust him: witness the passage of the health bill that most of us thought was DOA a few months ago. I’m not ready to sell him short after what happened tonight: Presidents don’t often get folks to throw their political careers out the window on a whim, now do they?

    And please CANCEL all the statistics over what happened after FDR did SS, and what happened after LBJ did Medicare. This president has shown he has some ducks in a row that most of us never knew about. Let the games begin………….

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