ABC: David Frum says Republicans met their Waterloo and now they work for FOX News

Republicans are in disarray. They lost and are acting like the worst kind of sore losers, poor sports and just plain awful obnoxious people.

Even a few honest people from their own inner circle are willing to admit that the Republicans lost and now they are self-destructing.
David Frum on GOP: Now We Work for Fox

Prominent conservative David Frum, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, has raised some eyebrows in the past 36 hours with an assault on the Republican approach -- particularly on the airwaves -- to fighting health care reform.

It began with this blog post Sunday that declared the historic moment the Republican Waterloo.

Terry Moran interviewed Frum yesterday for last night's report, "Yes, He Can," which is embedded below and looks at the political fallout both parties may face in 2010 -- and beyond.

Among the comments Frum made to "Nightline" was the assertion that "nobody ever won an election by spitting at his political opponents" and that "anger trapped the [Republican] leadership."

But it was this exchange, which you can see starting at the 2:20 mark, that is generating some buzz today:

Moran: "It sounds like you're saying that the Glenn Becks, the Rush Limbaughs, hijacked the Republican party and drove it to a defeat?"

Frum: "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. And this balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party."
Yes we did! And we are not going back!


Theophrastus said...

Wow, and you didn't even note the big news about David Frum (yes, he's Jewish, by the way) -- he got fired this week from his job. He was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, but they let him go after his commentary and blog posts.

Richard said...

That is a shame that David Frum was fired. He is perhaps the greatest Republican strategist alive - I would even go so far as to say that he is Presidential material. It is truly a sad state of affairs that the current Republican Party has descended to the current level of pathetic corn bread Nazi demagogues. This is the Party of No - no ideas, no solutions, no faith in governance, no willingness to compromise, and no comprehensive vision for this country.

What I find so frightening about the current state of political affairs is the eerie similarities to 1930s France. Obama reminds me of France's first Jewish President - Leon Blum - a progressive who also fought for Universal Health-care in his day. He was vilified by the French Christian right of his day, which was deeply antisemitic - and treated him with derision and sarcasm. Governance of France became virtually paralyzed, which enabled a quick Nazi takeover of the country in 1939.