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Of David Frum, Rush Limbaugh & the Republican Future

If David Frum had not taken to the pages of Newsweek, a one-time news magazine now little more than a dead-tree version of left-wing blog to tell us why he thinks Rush Limbaugh is wrong, I would not criticize him.  His book, Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, while dry at times and a bit too trusting in government, offers some serious suggestions for party rebuilding.

Indeed, even in his Newsweek essay, he offers a number of good suggestions, notably this one, “We need to put free-market health-care reform, not tax cuts, at the core of our economic message.“  And he’s right about Limbaugh’s failure to appeal to the kinds of voters Americans need to reach, especially women who find the talk show host’s message “off-putting.”

Not just that, he’s right to fault Rush’s fellow radio talk show host Mark Levin for calling him a “putz.”  Levin should stick to the style of his conservative manifesto, articulating the ideas of conservatism rather than insulting fellow conservatives.

But, then again, so should Frum refrain from insulting fellow conservatives.  In his piece on Limbaugh, not only does he bring up Rush’s past personal problems, calling him a “walking stereotype of self-indulgence,” he also buys into the spin of the MSM/White House Axis, calling Rush the leader of the GOP.  And he claims Rush is invested in Republican failure:

Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.

Hardly.  Yeah, Rush won’t be as prominent as he is now when Republicans regain the White House, heck, even I called him the interim leader of the GOP in the immediate aftermath of the election.  But, I don’t think Rush would mind being “sidelined” by a conservative president and Congress.  (I used to listen to him regularly in 1994 and recall how exuberant he was when the GOP regained control of the House and Senate.)  He loves this country too much to compromise its national interest for the sake of his personal prominence.


TIME Quotes White House Official to Praise Obama’s Success

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:18 pm - April 2, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Worship & Indoctrination

In a “news” article on the success of the G20 summit, Time magazine called it a success, lavishing praise of the President of the United States:

Yet as American officials tell it, the real hero of the hour, proving his mettle at his first summit, was President Barack Obama. The remaining point of disagreement, which threatened until the last minute to derail the consensus so devoutly wished for by all parties, centered on tax havens. Sarkozy was determined that a list of tax havens that refuse to provide information to foreign tax authorities on request should be published immediately by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as part of a clampdown on such havens. China, not a member of the OECD, was stalling because of its concern that such a list might include Macau and Hong Kong, which have both recently moved to implement OECD standards. The U.S. President took Sarkozy aside, then Chinese President Hu Jintao, and finally brought them together in a private meeting at the side of the room. “If he hadn’t done that, we’d still be there,” remarked a White House official after the communiqué had been safely published.

Emphasis added.  Note the magazine’s sources for evidence of the president’s heroism.

Did, in the eight years before the advent of Obama, any MSM outlet call Bush “the hero of the hour” by quoting his advisors?  (Would any Bush advisor have so praised his boss?)

Did Barney Frank Violate House Rules
When He Questioned Sanity of GOP Colleagues?

Last night I watched the wonderful (though dated) Mister Roberts on DVD where James Cagney‘s Captain Morton (with a thick New England accent) helps us understood another mean-spirited New Englander, the unhappy Barney Frank.  Cagney, resentful of “college guys” who pushed him around when he was growing up, takes it out on his crew, bullying them, saying he knows “how to take care of smart boys:”

I hate your guts, you smart college guys! I’ve been seeing your kind around since I was ten years old… working as a busboy. “Oh busboy, it seems my friend has thrown up on the table. Clean up that mess, boy, will’ya?” And then when I went to sea as a steward… people poking at you with umbrellas. “Oh, boy!”, “You, boy!”, “Careful with that luggage, boy!” And I took it. I took it for years! But I don’t have to take it any more.

As I’ve suggested before, it seems that in bullying corporate executives and Republicans, Barney’s venting inner demons which built up in his psyche when he was bullied in grade school.

But, just as their are sanctions for the schoolyard bully, it seems there are also sanctions for his congressional counterpart.  Yesterday, when he accused Republicans who criticized of suffering from “psychological disorder,” may have violated the rules of the House.  His behavior reminded me of that of his former Bay State colleague, though he had less grounds for his insults than did Tip O’Neill nearly a quarter-century ago.

In May 1984, then-Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich faulted

. . . Democrats for believing “America does nothing right.” [Then-]House Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) called Gingrich’s attack “the lowest thing I’ve ever seen in my 32 years in Congress.” But Gingrich and an ally, then-Rep. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), demanded that O’Neill’s attack on Gingrich be struck from the record and it was, marking the first time since 1798 that a speaker had been rebuked in such as way.

Turns out members of Congress “are forbidden from making personal attacks on one another.“  Now, saying your fellow Congressman suffer from a “psychological disorder” certainly sounds like an insult to me.

Seems an investigation is in order.

Two Protests Each Attract 4,000–Only One Makes MSM

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:00 am - April 2, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Tea Party

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

After reading that anti-globalisation/anti-war protests in London drew “about 4,000 protesters,” I thought that number of protesters looked familiar, so I decided to check how many showed up at last month’s “Tea Party” protesting higher taxes and increased government spending in Cincinnati.  Looks like I was onto something.  According to the local paper, “about 4,000 protesters showed up.”

Crowds about the same size should generate about the same amount of coverage, right?

Turns out not to be the case at all.  A google news search for “London Protests” (without the quotation marks) yield 9,174 hits whereas “Cincinnati Tea Party” (again without the quotation marks) yields only 62.  You’ll note that most of the big media outlets turn up for the first search while mostly local outlets turn up for the second.

So, I decided to do another google search to find the population of each city.  London has “7,517,700 as of mid 2005,” Cincinnati “364,040.”  In both cases, I’m not including surrounding areas.  (That’s .05% of London’s population, but over 1% of Cincinnati’s.)

And of course there’s the added attention paid to London because of the G20 taking place there at present.

Maybe it was the violence of the London protests that called for additional media attention.  (A google search of “violence London protests” yields 95 times as many hits as that search I did for just plain news about the Cincinnati Tea Party.)

Or maybe it was something else.

Wonder if Barney Franks’s Gonna Grandstand About This

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:18 am - April 2, 2009.
Filed under: Congress (110th),Liberal Hypocrisy


Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17% more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.

Emphasis added.

Was this Meant to be a Jab at the Gipper?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:16 am - April 2, 2009.
Filed under: Random Thoughts

In his meeting with the Queen, the President of the United States said, in response to a her question about jet lag:  “I had breakfast with the Prime Minister, I had meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, [Tory leader] David Cameron. And I’m proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings.

Just wonderin’.