Posts Tagged ‘David Frum’
* The headline reads, “Cleverest women are the heaviest drinkers.”
* Chris Currey at FrumForum: “How the GOP purged me.”
I do not recognize myself in the Republican Party anymore. As someone said it before, I did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me. I have the same ideological positions on most of the issues that I had when I voted for Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush in 2000. However, I just cannot trust the reins of our government and nation, of this formidably complicated and complex gigantic machine that is the USA, to the amateurish leadership of the Republican Party.
We are living through tough times. We are being challenged like I have never seen America being challenged before. China is a formidable foe, and it is out there competing against us on every field and beating us on several fronts. While our education budgets are being slashed in every state across the nation, China is doubling and tripling theirs. These are the challenges and challengers that we are facing. And we need our best and brightest to lead us, not a half-term governor or radio/TV talking heads.
Maybe I am too old and too cynical, but I think the Republican party is in the last stages of agony. If nothing happens, we might win an election or even two, but in the long run we will lose America.
* Canadian researchers have uncovered a vast “Shadow Network” of online espionage based in China that used seemingly harmless means such as e-mail and Twitter to extract highly sensitive data from computers around the world.
* Eric Cantor’s report of a bullet fired at his Richmond office appears to have been significantly exaggerated. Infamous liberal David Frum has apparently been fired from the American Enterprise Institute for violating the 11th Commandment. White powder has been sent to the offices of Anthony Weiner. And Tea Party supporters are threatening the Senate parliamentarian, as well as planning a protest outside his residence.
* The verdict has come back in United States v. Russell Cletus Maricle et al., the first voting fraud case to involve electronic voting machines, with all defendants found guilty.
* And it had to happen someday: George Michael vs. Ann Veal in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
* Conservative stalwart David Frum throws in the towel on John McCain.
In these last days before the vote, Republicans need to face some strategic realities. Our resources are limited, and our message is failing. We cannot fight on all fronts. We are cannibalizing races that we must win and probably can win in order to help a national campaign that is almost certainly lost. In these final 10 days, our goal should be: senators first.
* Kos wonders who, if anyone, will be the Howard Dean of the right.
* The Field posits that Chicago is the ideal location from which to launch a presidential campaign.
Surrounding Senator Obama’s state of Illinois and its 21 Electoral Votes are three states won by George W. Bush four years ago: Indiana and Missouri (each with 11 EVs), and Iowa (7 EVs). The McCain-Palin ticket has made multiple visits to those and other surrounding states that it claimed would be in play: Michigan (17), Wisconsin (10) and Minnesota (10), where the Republicans held their national convention last month.
Chicago may just be the best city in the country to base your presidential campaign – in terms of the Electoral College – if you count with a cadre of well-trained organizers and volunteers ready to travel a short ways to register voters, knock on doors and help get out the vote in the neighboring swing states: Add 39 contiguous Electoral Votes in play and another 27 in battleground states close enough for day trips, and the region holds a whopping electoral prize of 87 EVs. That’s more than the 73 on the West Coast or the 74 in Greater NY (with PA, NJ and CT).
* And Sir Charles of Cogitamus alongside the New York Times’s “Week in Review” explores the “disastrous demographic bets” the Republican Party has made, bringing us to the point where even an eventual Whig-like implosion does not seem outside the realm of possibility…
* Meet the man behind the Obama smears: Andy Martin.
* The pollster for the campaign that beat Bradley says there’s no such thing as a Bradley Effect. Let’s hope not.
* And I’m have this awesome quote about the media bookmarked for weeks, a great reminder of who they really work for:
The following remarks were apparently made by John Swinton in 1880, then the preeminent New York journalist, probably one night in during that same year. Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
“There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
“We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
(Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)