Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quote of the day

David Frum:
There have always been grifters in politics. What was important in her story was the revelation of conservatism’s lack of antibodies against somebody with the faults and failings of Sarah Palin. That’s the story that should trouble us still.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hahahahahaha. The little Frummer Boy is still banging away on his drum, eh? You might want to read what he wrote the day health care was passed before you use him to confirm your dislike of Palin :

"Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.

"It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. But:

"(1) It’s a good bet that conservatives are over-optimistic about November – by then the economy will have improved and the immediate goodies in the healthcare bill will be reaching key voting blocs.

"(2) So what? Legislative majorities come and go. This healthcare bill is forever. A win in November is very poor compensation for this debacle now.

So far, I think a lot of conservatives will agree with me. Now comes the hard lesson:

"A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

"At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare 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.

"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.

"Barack Obama badly wanted Republican votes for his plan. 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? Too late now. They are all the law.

"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?...

1. The 2010 election surpassed the 1994 sweep by the Repbulicans.

2. Ask Judge Vinson if the health care bill is forever as well as the Supreme Court this Spring.

3. The coalition that elected Obama began to fall apart -because of Obama's policies- within 8 months of his election.

4. Rommneycare is the reason Rommney isn't a shoe-in as the Republican nominee.

5.All of the Republicans vying to be nominee, including Rommney, are promising to repeal Republican's "most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s."

6. It's got to suck eggs to be Frum most days. Glad Palin's announcement could make him feel like a man.

Mrs. P

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