What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 26, 2008

David Frum Writes

David Frum, is described by the Washington Post as:
[A] resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author, most recently, of "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again." He served in 2001-02 as a speechwriter and special assistant to President Bush.
So we know he's a conservative - indeed a conservative of the dubya-stripe.

Anyway, he's come to a shocking (SHOCKING) conclusion:
There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.
After pointing out what went wrong he points out that you'd have to go back to Watergate to see poll numbers as bad as those facing the GOP now.

But the problem isn't just the presidential race, Frum continues:
McCain's awful campaign is having awful consequences down the ballot. I spoke a little while ago to a senior Republican House member. "There is not a safe Republican seat in the country," he warned. "I don't mean that we're going to lose all of them. But we could lose any of them."
Poor guys. Must be difficult to be a republican these days, huh?


John K. said...

John K: No actually it is a good time to be a Republican. Lots of accomplishments to point out. And McCain has exposed all the Republicans who want to be Democrats. This is great.

jaywillie said...

Poor John...still got his head in the sand.

Losing members of your party isn't a good thing, though I nor any other Democrat is going to complaing very much about gaining supporters of the our party.

I'm guessing you really haven't thought this out very much.

You may want to purge your party of all "moderates" and RINO's but the net effect will be not only a significant decrease in Republican registration. As the party loses moderates, which mostly occupy the Northeast, Great Lakes, Rustbelt, Mountain West and West, the party will lose seats in Congress and state legislatures.

As a consequence, the Republican party's "base" will occupy the electorally poor set of states. In essence, the Republican Party's Southern Strategy has come back to bite you in the ass.

The more the party shifts to the right, the less appealing it is to people in the Northeast, Rustbelt, Great Lakes, Mountain West and West, leaving Republicans holding an electoral minority and having to compete in states with increasingly changing populations that will only continue to change in ways that favor Democrats(think N. VA or some of the regions in North Carolina that will lead to Dem victories in those states this year).

You apparently think the way to go is to the right of John Birch; I hope you do because it will mean a generational Democratic majority that the extremely rightwing Republican Party will never threaten in terms of control of the government.

The further to the right you go, the less viable the Republican Party will be as a national party.