Friends don't let friends vote liberal
I remember what he wrote after 9/11:
A few days after September 11th, I called for the resignation of Federal Aviation Administration honcho Jane Garvey and other top officials on the grounds that "what happened on Tuesday was not the odd guy slipping through a few 'cracks in the system', but a completely cracked system, whose failure was total." I didn't expect the President to pay any heed to me, but I assumed hundreds of more illustrious opinion-formers in Washington and New York would also be affronted.Well, it looks like David Frum isn't going to be caught a second time. Judging by the Slate.com symposium on "Whither Conservatism" the faux-conservatives who engineered the 2008 debacle are digging themselves in like ticks on a dog's back, and are determined that whoever has to pay for this disaster, it's not going to be them.
Not a bit of it. Six months on, the only prominent resignation has been that of my old comment-page confrere and Bush speechwriter David Frum, and, as far as I know, David didn't quit because they'd found out he'd issued a green card to Mullah Omar. If he had, they'd make him Director of the CIA.
For some reason, the Administration, Congressional Democrats and the pundits reached an unspoken agreement to wipe the slate clean, and allow every Federal deadbeat and time-server to start afresh.
All the excuses are coming in: after 8 years of an unpopular president, it was a Democrat year, so obviously there was nothing wrong with their plan, and it should be tried again, only harder, next time. I can already write their excuses for losing in 2010: Obama is still in his honeymoon phase, memories of Bush are too fresh, how can you expect Americans to vote for the party who brought them the Great Depression of 2009? Write off 2010, try the same plan again in 2012. When it fails, say that people don't want to change ships in mid-stream, during a time of terrorist attacks on the U.S. and economic collapse, they want to stay the course and give the Great Helmsman Obama a chance to lead them out of uncertainty, etc. etc. etc. Among all the post-mortems, I've yet to read ONE "moderate" conservative wonder if maybe the old-fashioned red-meat conservatives might have had a point, after all - that maybe they watered down the message TOO much, and went too far to the center. Not one. Just, "Oh, you abortion-obsessed Reagan nostalgists! If it hadn't been for YOUR Sarah Palin, we could have won the undecideds!"