May 9, 2015

DAVID FRUM: What Republicans Can Learn From British Conservatives. “Center-right leaders are in charge of every one of America’s closest English-speaking allies. Only in the United States does the liberal left govern.”

Well, the thing is, we don’t have a parliamentary system, and all those other countries do. The GOP in fact controls the House and Senate, and a number of state legislatures not equalled since my granddad was in puberty. If it lags in the Presidential race — which is unclear at the moment, and it seems ironic that Frum relies on polls to show the GOP’s weakness there, given how polls failed in Britain — it’s because that’s a different kind of race. Which is not to suggest that the GOP is in great shape and needn’t worry, only that Frum’s analysis seems superficial to me.

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