David Frum on GOP: Now We Work for Fox

By David Schoetz

Mar 23, 2010 12:19pm

 
Prominent conservative David Frum, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, has raised some eyebrows in the past 36 hours with an assault on the Republican approach — particularly on the airwaves — to fighting health care reform. It began with this blog post Sunday that declared the historic moment the Republican Waterloo. Terry Moran interviewed Frum yesterday for last night's report, "Yes, He Can," which is embedded below and looks at the political fallout both parties may face in 2010 — and beyond. Among the comments Frum made to "Nightline" was the assertion that "nobody ever won an election by spitting at his political opponents" and that "anger trapped the [Republican] leadership." But it was this exchange, which you can see starting at the 2:20 mark, that is generating some buzz today: Moran: "It sounds like you're saying that the Glenn Becks, the Rush Limbaughs, hijacked the Republican party and drove it to a defeat?" Frum: "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. 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." Our report posed the question: Will Democrats pay a price for pushing through health care at any cost? Or are Republicans the ones in trouble for the way they chose to fight? We know where Frum stands. Click HERE for last night's "Closing Argument" on the topic. Click HERE for Jake Tapper's "GMA" report about GOP backlash.  

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