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Good— Very Good

It’s about time the no-mind, conservative types smartened up a little. Even if it’s only 10%  or so for the time being.. It’s still significant. A crack in their armor.

The tea-bagger mentality is a destructive force. They’re thinking government when they demand cut, slash, and burn. The reality is that it’s people that are on the business end of those cuts. Regular, American people. A lot of pain and suffering results.

Frum is one of the conservative republican pundits that’s breaking ranks with the ultra-crazies in a small but significant way.

The Cost of the Tea Party

November 30th, 2011 at 8:47 am

tea party The Cost of the Tea Party

Here’s some interesting data from Pew.

Americans turning against the “tea party” (however they understand the “tea party” to mean) is not exactly a new story, but here it continues to accelerate.

More surprising: the tea party seems to be contaminating the larger Republican brand.

Republican favorability has dropped 7 points with the general public since September 2010, with the steepest portion of the drop occuring during the debt-ceiling debate last summer.

But in congressional districts where the tea party is strong, Republican support has dropped further, by 10 points.

And while overall GOP numbers are stronger in those tea party districts, even there, the unfavorables are higher than the favorables, 48 unfavorable to 41 favorable.

This is coming to seem a very expensive tea party indeed.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Economy, Politics


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David Frum- “Republicans are Crazy”

When lifelong, staunch republicans like David Frum start to say out loud that their party has distanced itself from reality,…..

Then maybe it’s time for republican leadership to,- like Frum says, – “take a look in the mirror”

When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?

 I’ve been a Republican all my adult life. I have worked on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, at Forbes magazine, at the Manhattan and American Enterprise Institutes, as a speechwriter in the George W. Bush administration. I believe in free markets, low taxes, reasonable regulation, and limited government. I voted for John ­McCain in 2008, and I have strongly criticized the major policy decisions of the Obama administration. But as I contemplate my party and my movement in 2011, I see things I simply cannot support.
 I can’t shrug off this flight from reality and responsibility as somebody else’s problem. I belonged to this movement; I helped to make the mess. People may very well say: Hey, wait a minute, didn’t you work in the George W. Bush administration that disappointed so many people in so many ways? What qualifies you to dispense advice to anybody else?

 Fair question. I am haunted by the Bush experience, although it seems almost presumptuous for someone who played such a minor role to feel so much unease. The people who made the big decisions certainly seem to sleep well enough. Yet there is also the chance for something positive to come out of it all. True, some of my colleagues emerged from those years eager to revenge themselves and escalate political conflict: “They send one of ours to the hospital, we send two of theirs to the morgue.” I came out thinking, I want no more part of this cycle of revenge. For the past half-dozen years, I have been arguing that we conservatives need to follow a different course. And it is this argument that has led so many of my friends to demand, sometimes bemusedly, sometimes angrily, “What the hell happened to you?” I could fire the same question back: “Never mind me—what happened to you?”


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Politics, Uncategorized


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