David Frum on the Republican War on Obama

Conservative David Frum thinks the Republican party needs to start working and compromising with the Democrats, and not spend the next several years in a Rush Limbaugh-style war against all things Obama.

He thinks that if the Republican party doesn’t change its tune, it risks irrelevence:

On the stimulus, we stood our ground – and got rolled right over. That will happen again and with much more disastrous effect with health and climate. It’s a new time and a new situation, and it calls for new methods.

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4 Responses to David Frum on the Republican War on Obama

  1. llabesab says:

    Bull. Spoken like a “True Modern Republican”–one who would rather be loved than respected. With members like Arlen “The Jowl” Sphincter; Olympia “The Greek Goddess” Snowe, and Susan “The Lisper” Collins, the Republican Party is doomed unless it gets off its knees and fights back. People should look up the true meaning of the word “Compromise.” It means to surrender core values; to cede your inner beliefs; to go against what you know is right. Can you imagine Jesus “compromising” with the Devil?? Read “Jesus” as Republican; “Devil” as Democrat–or Pelosi; Reid; Rangel; Biden; Durban; Murtagh; Kennedy, etal.

  2. santitafarella says:


    Did you just liken the Republican party to Jesus?

    Ah, Jesus was a liberal, dude.

    Jesus said to sell all you have and give it to the poor, and he said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

    He said, “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” (That’s in the gospel of Luke).

    And he said, “If a man asks for your shirt, give him your coat also.” (That’s in Matthew).

    And he said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and “those who take up the sword will perish with the sword.”

    And he never married, but hung around with 12 guys who abandoned their families for his “higher cause.”

    Did you catch that? THEY DITCHED THEIR WIVES AND KIDS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THEIR PARENTS. Jesus told them, “Let the dead bury their own dead.”

    I suppose his callousness at that point in his ministry is like a Republican politician, but it doesn’t seem to go much further than that.

    But I can’t imagine any Republican politician talking about the poor, the rich, peace, the family, or obligations to parents in these terms, can you?

    In fact, Jesus sounds a little bit more like Barack Obama and Martin Luther King than Rush Limbaugh or Tom DeLay, wouldn’t you agree?

    Really, neither American political party has much similarity to the Jesus of any of the gospels.

    I wonder why you, as an obviously committed person of the right, think that it is reasonable to enlist Jesus to your cause?

    You spit vitriol at your opponents, and do it in the name of Jesus, as if Jesus would approve of the ugly way that you talk about Arlen Specter et. al.

    What kind of cultish “Christianity” is this that you are promoting, and then mixing it with politics?


    • Santi-

      Jesus said to sell all that YOU have and give it to the poor… not to take from someone else and give it to the poor. There is a HUGE difference that liberals seem incapable or unwilling to discern. Jesus promoted charity, which is delivered by the individual… not the thuggery that is government compulsion of “charity” through taxation and seizure of property. On that note, it is a proven fact that conservatives give far more to charity than liberals do.

  3. santitafarella says:

    Evil Conservative:

    You make a good point. I concede it. There is a serious difference between the two forms of distribution. But I personally get annoyed at conservatives who wrap themselves in the drapery of Christianity, but bear little resemblance to the Jesus of the gospels, and I was coming at that. Do you at least concede that Jesus does not have much in sympatico with Tom DeLay?


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