In his op-ed piece in the Washington Post today, David Frum demonstrates a textbook case of projection. His too little too late concerns about a possible Democratic Congress’ handling of Republican screwups like the financial meltdown and resulting bailout, checks and balances, and changing the rules to game the system are laughable, and frankly pitiful.
Frum begins with an understandable lament about how poorly the McCain campaign has been run, and the dubious nod to Palin as VP, and notes how no matter what they threw at Barack Obama, nothing stuck. But (insert sad face here), the poll numbers are so depressing, we’d have to go back to the Watergate era to find worse. But there are worse consequences than losing the presidency…
McCain’s awful campaign is having awful consequences down the ballot. I spoke a little while ago to a senior Republican House member. “There is not a safe Republican seat in the country,” he warned. “I don’t mean that we’re going to lose all of them. But we could lose any of them.”
Senators in trouble are Sununu of New Hampshire, Smith in Oregon, Coleman in Minnesota, Collins in Maine, Warner in Virginia, Chambliss in Georgia, and Dole in North Carolina. The RNC is pouring all it’s money into the presidential run (and Gov Palin’s fancy new duds), neglecting the Senatorial races, and is reducing or pulling it’s ads completely state by state. Wow, that sucks, huh?
Frum almost had me feeling sorry for the poor Republicans, but then Frum has the unmitigated gall to write this about the impending Democratic Congress:
[T]he federal government is now acquiring a huge ownership stake in the nation’s financial system. It will be immensely tempting to officeholders in Washington to use that stake for political ends — to reward friends and punish enemies. One-party government, of course, will intensify those temptations. And as the federal government succumbs, officeholders will become more and more comfortable holding that stake.
Unbelievable. After eight years of Republicans doing exactly what he fears from the Democrats, with Frum’s tacit approval and facilitation,he’s got a hell of a nerve waving the big red warning flag now.
[T]he political culture of the Democratic Party has changed over the past decade. There’s a fierce new anger among many liberal Democrats, a more militant style and an angry intolerance of dissent and criticism. This is the culture of the left-wing blogosphere and MSNBC’s evening line-up — and soon, it will be the culture of important political institutions in Washington.
Yes Mr Frum, we are angry. We’ve changed, and we will change even more. We have to fix the smelly mess the Republicans have made in this country — again — so until you and your party accept responsibility for chaos you have caused, you can take your criticisms and stick ‘em where the sun don’t shine. Don’t even get me started on “dissent,” when anyone not toeing the McCain/Republican/Right wing line is maligned as “anti-American.” I eagerly await your op-ed column regarding the “tone” of McCain and Palin rallies. By the way, it’s cute how you threw in the “past decade,” that was a clever “Clinton did it too” dodge.
Unchecked, this angry new wing of the Democratic Party will seek to stifle opposition by changing the rules of the political game.
Oh, please. Republicans can’t get anything done unless they change the rules. Look here, here, here, here, here, and here. Frum might want to learn to use the Google — or just pay attention to the poo flying around him.
Finally, Frum suggests Republicans use a statement something like this:
We’re almost certainly looking at a Democratic White House. I can work with a Democratic president to help this state. But we need balance in Washington.
The government now owns a big stake in the nation’s banking system. Trillions of dollars are now under direct government control. It’s not wise to put that money under one-party control. It’s just too tempting. You need a second set of eyes on that cash. You need oversight and accountability. Otherwise, you’re going to wake up two years from now and find out that a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House have been funneling a ton of that money to their friends and allies. It’ll be a big scandal — but it will be too late. The money will be gone. Divided government is the best precaution you can have. (Emphasis added)
It appears David Frum is stricken with a terminal case of psychological projection, with heavy overtones of denial. Apparently, corruption is only possible under a Democrat-run Congress, and damn it, we need those checks and balances!
The chickens have come home to roost, and FSM willing we will have a Democrat president in January. This terrifies the Republicans and their idiotic minions because they have finally awakened to the virtual guarantee of a Democrat president with the self-appointed powers of George W. Bush.