You Know It's Bad For the Conservatives When David Frum Throws in the Towel....
Halfway through the debate last night, a link to a The Week article popped up in our box, where David Frum, that crazy Maddow-baiter (and the guy who confused Keith Olbermann with a comedy writer at 23/6) switches tactics midstream and starts bemoaning the fall of the old guard.
Which means, halfway through Grandpa's stories about Joe Plumber and abortion litmus tests, even the most steadfast soldiers of the Republican party start to question their ability to win the war:
Trouble is, by founding his campaign on a full supply-side message, McCain denied himself the opportunity to say anything new. Worse, because that message originally took shape as a (correct) response to the problems of the 1970’s, McCain’s attempt to dust it off and reuse it as a response to the very different problems of the 2010’s only made him look more out of date.
That’s not a failure of campaign tactics. It’s not even a failure of strategy. It’s a failure of the Republican Party and conservative movement to adapt to the times.
Very soon, this election will be over. Then Republicans and conservatives will confront a much harder question: How long will this adaptation take? It took Democrats 12 years to understand and accept their defeat in 1980. Surely we can be faster learners?
First David Brooks, then Christopher Buckley, Bill Kristol, and now smugosaurus Frum. Tomorrow, is it too much to hope for a public apology from Bill O'Reilly?