Conservative commentator David Frum, a former special assistant to Bush 43, warns his fellow Republicans against worshipping fat, er, false idols:
Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.
But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s. He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect. But he cannot be allowed to be the public face of the enterprise – and we have to find ways of assuring the public that he is just one Republican voice among many, and very far from the most important.
When it comes to eliminating earmarks, Obama’s no better than his predecessor, the self-proclaimed “reformer with results.”
“We need earmark reform and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely,” McCain said, reading back Obama’s words at a debate last fall. “That’s the quote, the promise of the president of the United States made to the American people in a debate with me in Oxford, Miss. So what is brought to the floor today — 9,000 earmarks.…So much for change.”
(And so much for the Politico headline: Angry McCain Slams Obama. We should all be pissed that our new president broke a pledge.)
Obama had a real opportunity to challenge his party’s wasteful, parochial spending. That’s the kind of change I want. Unfortunately, Obama proved either uninterested or incapable.
Not that the Republicans can gloat. Neither party can. They are to reform what the octo-mom is to planned parenting.
Just an entertainer? According to a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Committee, Rush Limbaugh is much more than that:
The king of England sat with his advisers, and they read the writings of Ben Franklin. They said, “The colonists will never be successful if they read what he writes.” Just as the king’s successor, who is in the White House, said the other day, that conservatives will never be successful if they listen to Rush Limbaugh. The only way we will be successful is if we listen to Rush Limbaugh!
The echo is deafening.