Waterloo: David Frum Doubles Down (Update: PJM Gets a Mark Levin Shout-Out)
I'm not going to go on at length about David Frum. We all know who he is; we all know what he is and what he represents. He's a "conservative" who gets his jollies and press gigs railing at actual conservatives, along the lines of Kathleen Parker and, during the 2008 campaign, Peggy Noonan. Parker has gone on to CNN infamy alongside Eliot Spitzer, while Noonan has tried to rehab herself by claiming that the Tea Party saved the GOP. She's right about that, but only from a rearview mirror perspective. It's easy to get stuff right after it's already happened. But David Frum can't even manage that.
As for Frum, he's out doubling down on the Democrats' defeat, saying that even though they took 64 House seats, several legislatures, several governorships, and hundreds of seats down the ballots, the Republicans are still headed for Waterloo -- ultimate defeat. But we've heard this song before and it's always the same. When the Democrats all but locked Republicans out of the health care bill negotiations, Frum denounced ... the Republicans, for not "compromising." When the Democrats passed that bill over the objections of the majority of the people, Frum denounced ... the Republicans. Now that the Republicans have won big over the Democrats, here comes Frum to denounce ... the Republicans. Seeing a pattern in any of this? Says Frum:
And now, as Republicans celebrate their biggest congressional victory since 1946, I am getting a lot of e-mail that taunts me: "See how wrong you were?"
To which I say: Enjoy the moment, fellas. You are only at the beginning of the pain of discovering how right I was.
From a conservative point of view, there's a lot not to like about the Democratic health care reform.
I don't like the new taxes to pay for it: a new tax on payrolls and a new tax on investment income. I don't like the new burden on the states, in the form of higher Medicaid spending. I don't like the plan's steps toward price controls instead of price competition.
I could go on.
But all those things I don't like -- they are all the law of the land. To correct them will require action by the House, Senate, and president.
Yeah, Frum could go on and he usually does, and he's usually wrong. And in the case of ObamaCare he's just wrong about the clearest path to killing it off. For him to be right, there have to be no states suing to wreck ObamaCare on constitutional grounds, or if any states are suing, they have to have no chance of winning. And there has to be no possibility of any Democrat anywhere seeing that their party jumped off a cliff by passing that bill, and therefore joining with Republicans to de-fang it.
To that point, I offer Tennessee's Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who is already on the record opposing ObamaCare because of its effect on state budgets. Others, like Senator-elect Joe Manchin, have their policy fingers in the wind too.