December 16, 2010
Sorry for the light posting these last few days. I've been battling feature deadlines and a head cold. But I did want to say a little more about Mitt Romney, who made news twice this week--first with an op-ed denouncing the Obama-Republican tax deal and, second, with a statement celebrating the district court opinion invalidating part of the Affordable Care Act. The statements didn't merely provoke scorn from liberal writers like me. They also drew fire from two smart, if iconoclastic, conservatives: David Frum and Ross Douthat.
David Frum Goes Bulworth
November 15, 2010
It's pretty remarkable to remind yourself that not long ago David Frum was writing speeches for George W. Bush, and now he is writing things like this: Well before the crash of 2008, the U.S. economy was sending ominous warning signals. Median incomes were stagnating. Home prices rose beyond their rental values. Consumer indebtedness was soaring. Instead, conservatives preferred to focus on positive signals — job numbers, for example — to describe the Bush economy as “the greatest story never told.” Too often, conservatives dupe themselves.
November 08, 2010
-- Financial reform's terrifying loophole -- David Frum: "The GOP's health care Waterloo continues." -- Hendrik Hertzberg analyzes the midterm elections.
November 01, 2010
-- Ed Kilgore's comprehensive guide to the 2010 elections. -- A flashback to midterm predictions past. -- David Frum explains how gays created halloween
The Conservative Think-Tank Purge
September 02, 2010
David Frum is like Obi-Wan Kenobi -- they thought they slew him, but he continues to haunt the right: [A]s with the notorious firing of Bruce Bartlett from the National Center for Policy Analysis in 2005 after his book critical of President George W. Bush; as with my own termination at the American Enterprise Institute in March; the Lindsey-Wilkinson apparent termination raises very troubling questions about what has happened to the right-of-center think-tank enterprise. Consider this: The leading right-of-center student of healthcare policy in the whole country is Mark McClellan.
Just As The Founders Planned
August 06, 2010
David Frum defends the Senate as representing the popular will: [M]any of the liberal blogs seem to take the view that once a president wins an election, his duty to persuade the country somehow adjourns for the next four years. That is not true, and it should not be true.
August 04, 2010
-- Adam de Jong explains how Rand Paul can win in deep-purple Kentucky. -- Conor Friedersdorf bemoans Newt Gingrich's descent into "ugly populism." -- David Frum, still a fairly orthodox neocon on foreign policy, refudiates the right-wing mosque boycott. -- Tom Tomorrow predicts the next great right-wing scandal.
The Ideology Of Journalistic Standards
July 23, 2010
The concept of a press corps that strives for objectivity and hews to rigorous standards of conduct is a product of the Progressive Era. Unsurprisingly, especially in an era when large segments of the conservative movement have come to regard the Progressive Era as the root of all evil, not everybody agrees with this ideal. This is one of the dynamics that's emerged from the latest Breitbart scandal. You have figures like Rush Limbaugh rallying around Breitbart.
"Hell No" Is No Platform
July 15, 2010
Since Sarah Palin coined this imaginative slogan, it has taken on the function of analysis, inspiration, program for the Republicans and for their outlier allies. But, of course, it is not any of these. Like "yes, we can" in 2008, it is exhortative. As it happens, the Obama chant became a decisive and mortifying flop when the president failed even in his most easy symbolic chore to dislodge the Guantanamo SP prisoners from the big jail house at the southern tip of Cuba when his Democratic congressional allies simply wouldn't have them in their districts.
July 09, 2010
--Bob Bennett thinks Harry Reid will win out in Nevada. --Conflict of interest news: Chamber of Commerce renting to Fox News --What would voters change about the Constitution? --David Frum on the potential of Mike Huckabee 2012, and Huckabee's response