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Bush's writer: HCR is GOP Waterloo, GOP works for FOX news

A major Republican and conservative voice has come out to say FOX news and talk radio are leading the GOP and that the passage of HCR is a crushing defeat for the Repubs.
Bush speechwriter: Republicans ‘work for Fox’

Republicans work for FoxConservative columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum made waves earlier this week when he announced that the Democrats' passage of health reform amounts to the GOP's "Waterloo."

On ABC's Nightline Monday night, Frum showed that he is clearly not happy with the direction that American conservatism -- at least as embodied in the Republican Party -- has taken.

"Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox," Frum told ABC's Terry Moran. "And this balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party."

Frum laid the blame for the anger of anti-health reform protesters not with the GOP, but with talk radio and Fox News, which he said was the "real leadership" in setting the terms of the political debate on health care.

"The anger trapped the [Republican] leadership," Frum said, and "the leadership discovered they have no room to maneuver as a result of the anger."
Bush speechwriter: Reform is ‘Waterloo all right: ours’

Republicans promised political tragedy for Democrats if they passed health care reform, but one conservative commentator and former high-ranking GOP operative asserted that the "disaster" will be faced by his own party.

Invoking Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) infamous remarks last July that killing the legislation would be President Obama's "Waterloo," David Frum offered a dire assessment of the GOP's fate. "[I]t's Waterloo all right: ours," he wrote on his blog Frum Forum.

"Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s," said Frum, a former speechwriter and adviser to President George W. Bush. "It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster."

"We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat," he explained, on the day the House of Representatives cleared the historic legislation for the president to sign into law.

Frum sternly rebuffed the predominant right-wing memes about the allegedly partisan process, alleging the "blame" for their forthcoming political woes lies with conservatives and Republicans for adamantly refusing to compromise on any level with President Obama and Democrats.
handfleisch wrote:
A major Republican and conservative voice has come out to say FOX news and talk radio are leading the GOP and that the passage of HCR is a crushing defeat for the Repubs
Frumm is a "former" speechwriter with an obvious axe to grind with Fox News. Maybe also with the Republican Party for all we know. I would hardly call him a voice of authority. If someone of the leadership of the Republican Party had said this however, this may have been an entirely different story. The little bit that I have read about the responses of the Republicans, is that it ain't over until it is over.
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