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.
Instead of offering even one hint of concern about Democratic intransigence in his blog post today, Frum blames those pesky Republicans who don’t live in Washington, D.C.: “But, it’s the rank-and-file who are the problem here!”
Seems like Frum wants the GOP to adopt the tactics of Republican congressional leaders in Bush’s second term who showed little concern for the rank and file’s concern about government spending. Maybe there’s a reason Frum stopped calling his blog New Majority.
Far from “systematically working through the concerns, the issues and the alternatives,” Mrs. Snowe added, Democrats have instead favored “artificially generated haste” and settled on a strategy “to ram it, to jam it” through Congress. The Senator detailed her good-faith participation in the “group of six” on the Senate Finance Committee, which met some 31 times over the spring and summer and reflected “the kind of extensive, meticulous process that an issue of this magnitude requires.”
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