March 22, 2010

As Jed said, Let the (Republican) finger-pointing begin!:

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum says that while he opposes the health care reform plan, its passage represents major defeat for the Republican Party. In his words, it’s the GOP’s "Waterloo."

What do you know... a Republican that sounds sane. How long before he's getting attacked for this? I agree with Jed that Frum is doing one hell of a juggling act here with his arguments and we surely are going to see much more of this finger pointing after the bill passes. While Frum is correct that the tact the GOP has chosen has radicalized their base, his claim that the Republicans didn't get any concessions in the bill is laughable. They got plenty of concessions. The Democrats just didn't get any votes for them.

Partial transcript via Jed.

Those of us who said there was a deal to be done, that there are a lot of parts of this bill that look familiar, that look like Mitt Romney’s plan, that look like plans Republicans proposed in 1993 and 1994, they look like things that were drafted at the Heritage foundation in 1990 and 1991, we can work with this, there are things we don’t like, [but] President Obama will pay a lot maybe for 20 or 30 Republican votes, let’s deal — that was shut down, we went the radical way, looking for Waterloo, and it looks like we arrived at Waterloo.

...Some of the Republican leadership like Jim DeMint, I think did play a very hard-line role. Some of our leaders were trapped. They were trapped by voices in the media that revved the Republican base into a frenzy that made dealing impossible. I mean, you can’t negotiate with Adolf Hitler, and if the President is Adolf Hitler, then obviously you can’t negotiate with him. So some of the blame has has got to go to those who said, who got the psychology of the party to a point where a lot of good people, reasonable people were trapped.

...We are encouraging a mood of radicalism in the party that is not just uncivil, that’s not the problem, the problem is it makes you stupid. It makes you make bad decisions, it leads you to think that President Obama with 53% of the vote is as beatable in 2009 as President Clinton with 42% of the vote in 1993, and that’s obviously not true.


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