While David Frum frequently posts intelligent policy pieces advocating conservative reforms and regularly makes thoughtful comments lambasting big-government Democratic initiatives, all too often he buys into the liberal narrative, you know those Administration talking points, about the GOP. One such talking point is that while President Obama reached a hand out to the GOP in an attempt to work with them, Republilcan legislators replied by turning their backs (or spitting in his face).
Yeah, to his credit, after taking office, the President did meet with House Republicans, but the Democrat also retorted, “I won,” when Republicans raised concerns about the cost of the “stimulus.” Democratic intransigence notwithstanding, Frum buys into the Democratic narrative and blames Republicans for Democrats’ unwillingness to compromise. He even blames the Administration’s decision to impose carbon controls by administrative fiat on the GOP’s efforts to block cap and trade. (He fails to mention Democrats from coal-producing states who have raised concern about the regulatory scheme.)
The furious rejectionist frenzy of the past 12 months is exacting a terrible price upon Republicans. We’re getting worse and less conservative results out of Washington than we could have negotiated, if we had negotiated.
If we had negotiated? We? Huh? Does anybody seriously believe the Democrats wanted to negotiate? Let’s see, they crafted the “stimulus” package without seeking input from the GOP, then moved heaven and earth to get a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. Just last week, “no Republican lawmakers were on the list of attendees” at the President’s job summit.
Hardly evidence of an Administration eager to compromise. [Read more…]