Can David Frum Lead the Republicans Out of the Wilderness? looks like something unusual in the blogosphere: a self-critical, intellectually serious, conservative website.

David Frum, who is a conservative that I respect, seems to be heading the project, and says this in one of the website’s first posts:

Our party has been crippled by an all-pervading assumption at the center that if you just don’t talk about bad news, it will go away: whether it’s an extravagant wardrobe decision—or a bad job creation record. Our leaders cocoon themselves, refuse to hear unwelcome news, and reward yesmanship.

Well, yes, of course. That’s exactly how authoritarian personalities behave, and the Republican party is increasing led by religious authoritarians.

If the Republican party makes a comeback, it will be because its supporters begin a process of serious self-criticism, as NewMajority appears to be attempting.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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