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Rush's Blueprint (David Frum Barf Alert)
National Review ^ | October 27, 2008 | David Frum

Posted on 10/27/2008 1:31:48 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

Last week, Tony Blankley published and Rush Limbaugh publicized what may prove one of the most important articles of 2008. I don't mean that the article was good - very much the contrary. But bad work can be even more important than good, if enough people can be got to believe it.

--snip--

If I understand it correctly, the Blankley/Rush argument goes like this:

1) Reagan-style conservatism remains wildly popular with the American people. It was the "blueprint" for winning landslides between 1980 and 1994, and it remains the blueprint today.

2) Yet for some unaccountable mysterious reason, politicians are ignoring this blueprint! There is not a strong elected conservative voice in the country today.

3) So obviously what we need to do is return to the politics of the 1980s - and sit back and collect the rewards.

(Excerpt) Read more at frum.nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservativism; rushlimbaugh

1 posted on 10/27/2008 1:31:49 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Did Frum recently take a serious blow to the head?


2 posted on 10/27/2008 1:36:11 PM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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Over three-quarters of Republicans say Palin was good choice, while a majority of the electorate says the opposite.

Let's talk the morning after the election, Mr Frum.

3 posted on 10/27/2008 1:36:13 PM PDT by IncPen (Pitchforks and torches.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Do the world a favor and stop reading Frum and stop clicking on links to his by-line.

He doesn't get it and he won't get it because he's afraid of the great unwashed middle of flyover country.

None of the Northeast intellectual elites who think they are conservatives are, they are in denial of their RINO habits as well as their irrelevancy,

4 posted on 10/27/2008 1:38:12 PM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The biggest benefit to a McCain win will be to keep people like David Frum out of real work


5 posted on 10/27/2008 1:40:06 PM PDT by wiseprince
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To: Valpal1

I’m following your advice - not only with respect to Frum but with respect to all the others who have so disdainfully stuck a knife into Sarah. They are no longer welcome into my house in any form - print, electronic, or most unlikely, in person.


6 posted on 10/27/2008 1:44:16 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Frum thinks a conservative is one who believes in sending American armies and wealth all over the world. I think Reagan would turn over in his grave.


7 posted on 10/27/2008 1:44:51 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And yet another brick is added to the growing pile of evidence that National Review is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Their continuing indulgence of Kathleen Parker’s spittle-flecked vituperations against Governor Palin are another.

Such a dramtic decline in faculties in an old friend is sad to witness. However, we must accept that the one we once cherished is no more - merely a shell, a shadow of its former self.


8 posted on 10/27/2008 1:48:13 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Does Frum's logic apply only to Republicans and not to Democrats? In other words, are Democrats about to overwhelm us in this election because they moved to the center with the farthest most left candidate ever to gain the Democrat party's nomination?

The fact of the matter is that the undecideds must ultimately choose between someone on the right and someone on the left. The choice is not always made in favor of the one who crosses over the farthest, it is more often made in favor of the one who is the most credible candidate, regardless of ideology. This time around, for various reasons which are almost incomprehensible to us conservatives, Obama is a very credible candidate to more than half the country despite the fact that he is actually a radical.

The lesson for conservatives is not to try to place oneself precisely in the middle of the chess board but to present and properly sell principles which are attractive to the voters. Conservatism still remains the most attractive philosophy in America-when it is properly presented.


9 posted on 10/27/2008 1:49:08 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think the Republican party has jumped the shark. When we have idiots like this claiming to be one of us, we definitely have a problem.

Maybe we should change our name to something else, and leave the RINOs behind claiming to be good republicans.

In Canada, the Tories changed their name to “The Conservative Party” and they’ve been on the rise ever since.


10 posted on 10/27/2008 1:50:54 PM PDT by o2bfree
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

With any luck, Frum will join the democrat party.


11 posted on 10/27/2008 1:53:40 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
1) Reagan-style conservatism remains wildly popular with the American people.

Sadly, Reagan is dead and his revolution died with him.

12 posted on 10/27/2008 1:54:02 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Illic Est Haud Deus)
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To: o2bfree
WORD!
13 posted on 10/27/2008 1:54:07 PM PDT by mkjessup (If 0bama is elected, 'Reverend' Wright will be proved a prophet, as 'God D@mns America')
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To: o2bfree
In Canada, the Tories changed their name to “The Conservative Party” and they’ve been on the rise ever since.

The official name of the party in Canada has been "The Conservative Party" since at least 1873.

They didn't change their name from "Tories" - it's an old nickname and was never the Party's official name.

14 posted on 10/27/2008 1:54:52 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake
The official name of the party in Canada has been "The Conservative Party" since at least 1873.

IIRC, the Canadian Conservative Party is new. It was formed by the merger of the old Progressive Conservative Party and the Alliance Party a few years ago.

15 posted on 10/27/2008 1:57:44 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Frum is an upper-crust elitist snob. He doesn’t get us at all and is not what we need in our party. I doubt he even knows anyone that is part of the poor unwashed masses in flyover country. I’m sure he has a great time at Washington cocktail parties, though, as I am sure he attends each and every one with his fellow upper-crust elitist snobs.


16 posted on 10/27/2008 1:59:29 PM PDT by FarRightFanatic (Sarah Palin to Sen. Biden: "Your plan is a white flag of surrender.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Yet for some unaccountable mysterious reason, politicians are ignoring this blueprint! There is not a strong elected conservative voice in the country today.”

With this Frum is either lying, ignorant or stupid. The reasons are discussed by Rush and others all the time.


17 posted on 10/27/2008 1:59:58 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: SoDak

David Frum would have us return to BOB MICHEL, permanent minority status. No thanks.


18 posted on 10/27/2008 2:02:15 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
IMO, Frum is a hack who spends too much time around elitists, and not enough in flyover country.

Of course, since I'm a rural Southerner, what do I know? But I call 'em like I see 'em.

19 posted on 10/27/2008 2:04:10 PM PDT by backhoe (WHO IS THE REAL OBAMA?)
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To: jalisco555; o2bfree
It started as the Conservative Party in the 1800s.

In the 1920s it merged with the Progressive Party to become the Progressive Conservative Party.

In the 1980s the Reform Party started.

In the 1990s the Reform Party became known as the Canadian Alliance Party.

In 2003 the Canadian Alliance party merged with the Progressive Conservative Party and decided to just go by the name The Conservative Party of Canada, as the party's traditional name.

They had been called the Tories as a nickname all along.

20 posted on 10/27/2008 2:05:37 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: LeonardFMason

FRUM IS A FOP!


21 posted on 10/27/2008 2:07:53 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: pissant

I think Rush made a bone head call for voting BO instead of Hillary in the primary. We could have defeated Hillary.


22 posted on 10/27/2008 2:08:07 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

David J. Frum (born 1960) is a Canadian-born Neoconservative and journalist active in the both US and Canadian political arenas.

Born to a Jewish family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Frum is the son of the late Barbara Frum, a well-known veteran journalist. His father, Murray Frum, was a dentist who later became a multi-millionaire as a real estate developer. David Frum’s sister, Linda Frum is a journalist. David Frum is married to writer Danielle Crittenden, the stepdaughter of former Toronto Sun editor Peter Worthington.

At age 14 he was a campaign volunteer for a socialist candidate, taking an hour-long bus/subway/bus ride each way to and from the campaign office in western Toronto.

Frum is widely cited as having authored the phrase “axis of evil,”

Frum has been accused of misrepresenting Canadian crime statistics in order to incorrectly portray crime in Canada as increasing while the crime rate in the United States is dropping.


23 posted on 10/27/2008 2:10:46 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Frum: GOP Should Cut Losses, Focus On Senate

October 27, 2008 · With the polls favoring Barack Obama and one week left until Election Day, David Frum says Republicans should be focusing on the Senate, not the White House. Otherwise, the former speechwriter for George Bush says, John McCain’s campaign threatens to bring the party down with him.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96175816


24 posted on 10/27/2008 2:11:58 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Orange1998

Obama is easy to beat. But it takes balls. We’ll see if the GOP has any.


25 posted on 10/27/2008 2:18:17 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: nathanbedford
The fact of the matter is that the undecideds must ultimately choose between someone on the right and someone on the left. The choice is not always made in favor of the one who crosses over the farthest, it is more often made in favor of the one who is the most credible candidate, regardless of ideology. This time around, for various reasons which are almost incomprehensible to us conservatives, Obama is a very credible candidate to more than half the country despite the fact that he is actually a radical.

It's not that incomprehensible. Probably 25 to 30% of voters are as radical as he is; the media is more brazenly in the tank than anyone could have ever imagined; with the help of a weaselly republican congress, "W" has presided over an obsene expansion of government, thereby demoralizing his base (that'd be you and me--I had pretty much sworn off politics until McCain picked Palin); and McCain, God bless him, is no conservative. Republicans lose when they nominate the next in line (Dole, Ford). They win with principled insurgents like Reagan who don't give a damn about Frum-style demographics. Looking ahead, I can think of 2 republicans who have the potential to properly present conservatism--Jindal & Palin. Unless McCain pulls this off, there'll be no heir apparent in 2012, thank God.

26 posted on 10/27/2008 2:26:20 PM PDT by xlib
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To: xlib

oops—obsene = obscene


27 posted on 10/27/2008 2:32:55 PM PDT by xlib
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To: xlib

I’d add Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Thaddeus McCotter


28 posted on 10/27/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: IncPen

Frum...Noonan...have committed career suicide.

We must punish them.


29 posted on 10/27/2008 2:43:56 PM PDT by y6162 (uot)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I know I am going to get nailed for this, but I think David Frum may have a point.

Think about it. Today, terms like “liberal”, “Marxist”, “socialist” and the like seem to wash over the electorate with nary a disturbance. If these terms were as pejorative now as they were back in 1980, Obama-mama would have never made it through the primaries. On the other hand, the MSM has hammered into American homes the equation of “conservative” with “mean”, “selfish”, “racist”, and so on. I am convinced that that is why most people tend to agree with conservative principles (e.g., personal responsibility, individual liberty, etc.), yet shy away from calling themselves “conservative”.

What we need is a (God help me) “re-branding” of the conservative movement. As much as those kind of Madison Avenue shenanigans leave a foul taste in my mouth, I think it is necessary. As liberals transformed themselves into “progressives”, we must now transform ourselves and utilize new terms and new icons that will continue to define our substance, our principles, but which do not come laden with the emotional baggage unfairly attached to the term “conservative”.


30 posted on 10/27/2008 2:58:43 PM PDT by ForeignDude
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