Entries Tagged as 'GOP'

Boehner is Trapped by His Caucus

December 21st, 2011 at 1:09 pm 46 Comments

An old joke heard often in the Southwest ends this way: “It isn’t always your enemies that get you into it; it isn’t always your friends who get you out of it; but, purchase when you are in it up to your neck, keep your damned mouth shut.”

Unfortunately, Speaker John Boehner’s predicament confirms again the truism above.

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Don’t Be Fooled, Congress isn’t Working

December 15th, 2011 at 5:37 pm 15 Comments

For the seventh time this year alone, check Congress appears poised to pass another continuing resolution for spending for a fiscal year that has already begun.

If any fact indicts the dysfunction of both the Executive and Legislative Branches, here that fact does.

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The Cost of the Tea Party

David Frum November 30th, 2011 at 8:47 am 79 Comments

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.

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Signs of Hope, Part 4

November 28th, 2011 at 1:42 pm 48 Comments

FrumForum is on the lookout for Signs of Hope that the conservative movement is moving towards intellectual openness. Today’s entry comes in the form of a new Facebook group: Republicans for Responsible Reform.

The group was started by friends of the site D.R. Tucker and Michael Stafford. Tucker and Stafford have taken a lead in calls for Republicans to reform and they have started the group to connect like-minded Republicans together.

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Where’s My Party?

David Frum November 20th, 2011 at 7:08 pm 170 Comments

Last month, New York magazine challenged me to answer the question: Why are the other Republicans so mad at you? What’s the argument about–and how’s it going?

They allowed me generous space for an answer, which you can read here.

The Republican Supercommittee Offer

David Frum November 18th, 2011 at 11:00 am 70 Comments

Question for the supercommittee:

Suppose the real purpose of this exercise is to frame the choice for 2012. Dems are offering the country a path to budget balance that relies heavily on tax increases. Republicans are offering a path that relies more heavily on spending cuts.

OK, got it.

If that’s the goal, shouldn’t the Republicans be seeking to make their version of the choice as appealing as possible to as many people as possible?

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Answers for the Next Foreign Policy Debate

David Frum November 16th, 2011 at 2:45 pm 45 Comments

In my column for The Week, I answer my own questions on foreign policy that I suggested for the CBS-National Journal GOP debate:

In advance of last Saturday’s GOP foreign-policy debate, sponsors CBS and National Journal asked me to suggest questions for the moderators.

Unaccountably, they did not make use of my suggestions. Still, I had posted the list on my blog, and soon got a query from an international friend: Okay, wise guy — how would you answer them?

Here goes.

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To Govern Better, GOP Should Work From Reality

November 4th, 2011 at 12:00 am 104 Comments

In my previous blog post, I discussed how many Republican criticisms of the Obama administration’s policies are not backed up by data.

Republicans don’t just have a problem with specific critiques, they also have a view of America that doesn’t match with how the country actually is. Their view disagrees with the reality of many important socio-economic problems. In some cases, such as America’s lack of upward mobility, some deny the problem exists.

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Who Burned the GOP Brand?

David Frum October 27th, 2011 at 8:50 am 107 Comments

Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza describe a new CBS/NYT poll:

The poll also asked which class voters thought the Obama Administration and Republicans in Congress favored. While people were pretty evenly split on whether the administration favors the middle class, find the rich or the poor, cure they were all but unanimous about which class the Republicans favor; 69 percent said Republicans in Congress favor the rich, healing while just 9 percent said the middle class and 2 percent said the poor.

Voters say the darndest things!

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A Template for a GOP Economic Plan

September 28th, 2011 at 11:36 pm 23 Comments

America is now coping with the debt binge of the past decade and stagnating incomes across the board. Trying to provide some cushion for those left economically behind may be a good short-term strategy. But policy makers also need to work toward a restructuring of America’s economic architecture. Unless America’s economic vitality is restored, all plans to reduce the weight of the national debt are moot. A perpetually failed American economy will lead to skyrocketing debt levels, an ever-diminished standard of living, and a weakening of the ability of the United States to project power across the globe.

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