Entries Tagged as 'Barack Obama'

With Friends Like Obama…

David Frum November 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm 132 Comments

As Chris Sands writes at Huffington Post Canada about the Obama administration’s hostile action on the Keystone pipeline, with friends like President Obama, who needs enemies?

[Canadian Prime Minister Stephen] Harper has been a great friend to Obama: supportive of the U.S. global warming approach at Copenhagen and Cancun, ponying up billions to support the auto bailouts, supporting the U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan, and offering to sell renewable hydroelectric power as well as oil and gas to energize an American economic recovery. This from a Conservative whose political friends in the United States can’t stand Obama.

But as many have discovered, it doesn’t pay to be Obama’s friend. Just ask Britain’s Gordon Brown, Spain’s José Luis Zapatero, Australia’s Kevin Rudd, Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu or Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.

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Rubio’s False Bio: Why It Matters

October 24th, 2011 at 12:12 am 98 Comments

The more I think about the Rubio scandal, the more I am troubled by it. It’s not just that having lived in the Soviet Union for a quarter century, I find it offensive when people falsely claim themselves or their families to have been victims of Communist oppression. I am really concerned about the “Palinization” of the political right.

If you are a politician caught in a lie, I want you to take it like a man, show some humility, admit the lie in a straightforward manner and apologize as sincerely as you can, then just move on (unless some more drastic step – e.g. resignation – is warranted).

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Why I am a Republican

David Frum October 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm 343 Comments

A week ago, Tablet magazine ran a profile of me by Michelle Goldberg that remarked “These days the former Bush speechwriter sounds more and more like a Democrat.”

Michelle had in mind items like this blogpost, in which I enumerate the ways the GOP is wrong about the present economic crisis.

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A Budget Plan for the Political Center

David Frum September 19th, 2011 at 8:43 am 91 Comments

The President has raised the curtain on his deficit reduction plan. Now the issue between the two parties is squarely joined.

On one side, the GOP, pledged to the Ryan plan, the most radical redefinition of government from the right since 1964.

On the other side, the President, offering the sharpest left turn since Teddy Kennedy’s challenge to Jimmy Carter in 1980.

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The Two Party System

David Frum September 9th, 2011 at 9:24 am 110 Comments

Comparing and contrasting the jobs speeches of Mitt Romney and President Obama, Americans face an unhappy choice.

One political party has decided that the only thing that matters – or anyway, that can be achieved – is to enhance America’s long-term growth path by reducing regulations, rationalizing taxes, and restraining government spending in future years. As for today’s economic crisis? We’ll just have to tough it out. And when it says “we,” it means: the unemployed, those without health insurance, etc.

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Obama’s Cunning Speech

David Frum September 9th, 2011 at 12:35 am 134 Comments

First reactions to the president’s big jobs speech:

1) Qua speech, it was excellent – clear, focused, unrhetorical.

The core concept – stressing past Republican approval of the major elements of the proposal – ingeniously put Republicans into an awkward spot. And in fact, the maneuver has had some immediate effect. Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor told Politico tonight that they would approve important elements of the bill.

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DC Fiddles While the Country Burns

September 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am 83 Comments

Do you remember the howls that reverberated across the nation when Sarah Palin’s famous bullseye map appeared? Or the tut-tutting and headshaking that accompanied Michele Bachmann’s calls for Americans “to take our country back”?

Look in the Washington Post local edition, the New York Times Washington edition, or USA Today for Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s, truly ground-breaking warm-up remarks in Detroit on Labor Day before President Obama spoke to the union faithful.

“President Obama,” Hoffa ranted, “this is your army. We are ready to march … let’s take the sons-a-bitches out.”

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What if it’s Perry?

September 6th, 2011 at 12:15 am 192 Comments

On Election Night 2012, I expect that Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry will turn into President-Elect Rick Perry. My inbox will fill up with emails from both enemies and frenemies declaring: “FrumForum Lost! Your cause is doomed and you have failed!”

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How Ron Paul Could Save Obama

August 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am 98 Comments

John Podhoretz writes about the possibility of a third party bid by Jon Huntsman and whether he could harm Obama in the process. As heartening as I found it, I wish to take issue with part of the argument. I do not think the key to a third party candidate damaging one or the other main candidates has to do with the president being an incumbent. I think it has to do with their ability to appeal to the ideologies of their constituencies. This seems clear from the historical record.

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Unironic Advice for a Struggling President

August 22nd, 2011 at 5:16 pm 24 Comments

Like most readers of this site, I read and study the political polls every day. No matter how one feels about the president, the polls for Obama are not good, and recent decisions on key issues may soothe certain political interest groups, while simultaneously poking a finger in the eye of others.

How about working on a few issues that virtually everyone agrees on?

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