Diary

David Frum makes his appearance

I had to laugh when David Frum crawled out of his hole to once again blame republicans for the passage of the HCR Bill.

He really is true to form.

It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. But:

(1) It’s a good bet that conservatives are over-optimistic about November – by then the economy will have improved and the immediate goodies in the healthcare bill will be reaching key voting blocs.

(2) So what? Legislative majorities come and go. This healthcare bill is forever. A win in November is very poor compensation for this debacle now.

So far, I think a lot of conservatives will agree with me. Now comes the hard lesson:

A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994.

What is it with his self-loathing?

As you all know this is the same guy that has said repeatedly that the republican party must move to the center if we are ever to regain credibility.

We must have a big tent.

I realize that I am not breaking any new news here but I did want to make note of it.

Is this the republicans Waterloo?

I don’t know and we won’t have that answer until after the coming elections in the fall.

Frum is right on one thing though…the republican leadership as we now know it MUST set up a plan to take the congress back. They cannot simply hope that the outrage that we are seeing today over this will stay at a feverish pitch as we get closer to election day 2010.

Some of the outrage will subside. They have to keep the fires stoked!

They have to keep hammering home the message, but the message MUST be coherent. It can’t be based out of fear, it must be made out of logic.

Can Steele get that message out?

Are Boehner and McConnell up to the challenge?

Even if we take back congress will republicans really be able to repeal this legislation?

Would they want to?

How many of our senior citizens, conservative or otherwise, will want the “doughnut-hole” repealed? Once people get to hang onto their money I highly doubt they will want to give it back.

One final thought.

A.B. Stoddard made an interesting observation this evening. When all was seemingly lost for the dems after the Mass. election, the dems got their voice and firmed up their message when BC/BS of CA attempted to raise their rates 39% in Calif.

What were they thinking?

Did they think that no one would notice? The press ran with it and the dems made hay out of it?

Look, I am all for the free-market but BC/BS got greedy by raising the rates in one of the most financially strapped states in the union.

And for their efforts they became the poster child of crappy piece of legislation. The Dems used that example to hammer their message home.