Wednesday, April 13, 2011


“Whatever you do, don’t serve to his backhand,” David Frum implored his fellow conservatives on Obama's likely counterattack on budget-cutting. "Trust me on this." They didn't listen. Thomp. WHAM! Frum: "That speech was not so especially eloquent. It was, however, very effective. It frames the debate in a way that is maximally useful for Democrats. This framing was made possible by the efforts of Republicans themselves, blinded by their own hopes, misdirected by their own messaging. It’s exactly like what happened on health care reform, where Republicans persuaded themselves they had Obama on the ropes even as he succeeded in enacting the most important new entitlement since 1965. We went for all the marbles, and ended with none. Now I fear we are doing it again." As Homer Simpson would put it, “You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.” Heh.

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