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David Frum Worries Republican ‘Frenzy’ Over Scandals ‘Will Paralyze Congress’

Posted on | June 4, 2013 | 50 Comments

David Frum’s career since leaving the White House has been a sort of roadmap to irrelevance as the Republican who always echoes (or in some cases, anticipates) liberal criticism of Republicans, until he has become the pundit equivalent of a concern troll:

”Now Republicans are working themselves into a frenzy that will paralyze Congress for the next 18 months at least, and could well lead to an impeachment crisis. As it becomes clear that the IRS story is an agency scandal, not a White House scandal, conservative reformers need to be ready to do their part to apply the brakes and turn the steering wheel.”

Are you listening to yourself, David?

Or rather, are you listening to anyone besides yourself?

It is a fact of history that the Democrats scored one of their most decisive mid-term victories in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandals, electing a congressional majority so huge and so liberal that Republicans (who had been making steady gains since 1966 and had, in the Nixon era, finally begun to make headway in the Democrat “Solid South”) needed another two decades to win a majority. Based on that history, the mounting evidence of Nixonian skullduggery in the Obama administration certainly offers political advantage to the GOP, and you urge them to “apply the brakes”? Perhaps because . . . “overreach“?

Now, I am not fond of invoking Watergate comparisons — although the Treasury inspector general doesn’t seem to mind — or drooling over the prospects of impeachment, but I do think that applying the ever-popular “embattled” label to President Obama is justified. And as the co-author of a book on Democratic Party corruption, I think it is high time that Americans were reminded that we have elected not just a Democrat, but a Chicago Democrat, to the White House.

All that historic “Hope and Change” dreamworld nonsense of transcending the partisan divide was bound to come crashing down into a heap of scandalous rubble sooner or later.

Certainly, I would have preferred an earlier date of exposure — before the November elections — but better late than never. And yet now that the leg-tingling Lightworker image is finally collapsing into its corrupt components, David Frum says to “apply the brakes”?

The IRS scandal, by itself, is a can of smelly worms that the Obama crew is desperate to have us ignore, and when Democrats say, “Ignore this, it’s not really a scandal,” my instinct says, investigate!

In conclusion: Man the hell up and stop being a worry-wart.



50 Responses to “David Frum Worries Republican ‘Frenzy’ Over Scandals ‘Will Paralyze Congress’”

  1. PATR2014
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM David Frum Worries Republican ‘Frenzy’ Over Scandals ‘Will Paralyze Congress’ #TCOT

  2. RantMan
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I just wonder when it is that the owner of the daily beast will realize that David Frum is nothing more than a overrated Jewish Canadian blowhard and is really only important to himself?

    The quicker the better, I say.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    You know we are scoring points by how the Dems (and Frum) are claiming the GOP is hurting itself by going after Obama and the Dems. We need to increase the pressure, not let up.

    If you are catching flak, you are over the target!

    As for Frum, he is not trusted by the left so his niche market is this “No Lables” BS. He is not like a concern troll, he is a concern troll. He does not care about conservative issues, he cares about Frum and promoting traffic by pissing off Republicans and trying to appease the Left. The best thing we could do is ignore him.

    RantMan, I would leave the Jewish part off, only because I know plenty of Jewish conservatives (granted not enough) who do not need the guilt by association. Frum’s problem is not being Jewish, but that he is…well Frum.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    The Daily Beast knew exactly what they were getting with the Frumster.

  5. joethefatman
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Paralyzing Congress would seem to be a feature, not a bug. Regardless of the R or D behind their names, the more they do, the less I have.

  6. joethefatman
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    You got to the troll bit before I did, but made the same point. So Thank You!

  7. Libertarian Advocate
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    David Frum? He’s still alive?

  8. Mimi Mayes
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Who could be more irrelevant than David Frum?

  9. Finrod Felagund
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.” — Mark Twain

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Charles “Chunky Boo Boo Child” Johnson

  11. Finrod Felagund
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    If David Frum were to announce tomorrow that he is now a Democrat, it would be the second least surprising political news of the decade, right after Lincoln Chafee doing the same last week.

  12. TR
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I wonder if DF will invite RSM to his next beer bash at CPAC? And if RSM will abide? Chances are yes and yes.

  13. keyboard jockey
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    David Frum has never heard of divided government or the purpose? If the government is acting against the citizen’s best interest, you want the Congress to be paralyzed. The way he puts it, he makes it sound like a bad thing. He hasn’t checked Congress’s approval rating lately obviously.

    Frum really can’t wrap his head around “We the People” and self governing. He really believes the twaddle the self appointed power brokers feed him.

  14. Dai Alanye
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    As it becomes clear that the IRS story is an agency scandal, not a White House scandal…

    It has been said many times during the last twenty years, but needs to be said once more: The fish rots from the head.
    If Obama did not know of the IRS corruption (which I find doubtful) he still set the conditions for its occurrence.

  15. Dana
    June 4th, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Is paralyzing Congress now considered a bad thing?

  16. the daily smug
    June 4th, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    David Frum is over! And, must be ignored. He’s one of the reasons why the republicans suck.

  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 4th, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Frum is over and must be ignored, but he is only a very small and insignificant reason on why Establishment Republicans suck. Frum is a symptom, and a minor one at that, not the disease.

  18. Neo
    June 4th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    If David Frum wants to “do something” I suggest he become a Democrat.
    Of course, that would be his doom. The only card he has to put on the table is that he is a Republican who talks like a Democrat. He does both parts badly.

  19. Neo
    June 4th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    The IRS has damaged my calm

  20. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 4th, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    That is exactly right. Frum’s only relevance is being a useful idiot for the left.

  21. robcrawford2
    June 4th, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    I see Frum’s been by to down-tick RantMan’s comment…

  22. RantMan
    June 4th, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I hear ya. Let me clear on this, okay? Before anyone gets any weirdo ideas about my comment.

    This ain’t about him being Jewish, at all.

    This is about a dude who changes his colors for the occasion.

    Furthermore, it’s about him being a disgrace to whatever sort of Conservatism actually exists in the Republican Party anymore. When I read what he wrote about Paleoconservatives (LIKE ME!) Years ago, I knew the dude as a fraud. How anyone could take that idiot kanook seriously is beyond me.

    Anyone there you go, I just wanted to be clear before David Horowitz’s former cronies wrote anything slandering me.


  23. Adjoran
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    He probably works for stock options.

    With Tina Brown in charge, he’ll end up owing money.

  24. Adjoran
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Perhaps. But have you ever actually SEEN them both in the same place at the same time?

    Picture Frum with a fake ponytail and wearing spandex bike pants two sizes too small as he bends to sniff his own bicycle seat. Dead ringer!

  25. richard mcenroe
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Chris “Who’s my Daddy?” Buckley?

  26. Adjoran
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    If David Frum made his announcement in a forest with no one to hear it, and a tree fell on his head, that would be the best possible outcome.

  27. Adjoran
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Frum has to keep making these “Republican warns Republicans not to be too Republican” statements to keep his name out there. Face it, the guy is pretty forgettable.

  28. Bob Belvedere
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    Damn…judging by that picture, Frum is morphing into Chuck Schumer!

  29. Bob Belvedere
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:35 pm


    Ladies and Gentlemen: Be advised that ‘RantMan’ is the lastest name for Charles Patrick Adkins, aka: Patrick, “Paleo Pat”, Chuck Adkins, Detroit Right, Old Right Blogger, k8cpa, [and now] RantMan

    Zilla did a thorough investigation of him in a post in February of last year:

    He is deranged, a true racist, and an anti-Semite. He has threatened bloggers and harassed people like Stacy McCain and Michelle Malkin.

    The proof it is him may be found in the following image, which is a screenshot of one of his RantMan Disqus comments:

  30. Bob Belvedere
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:42 pm


  31. Bob Belvedere
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    Well, he is a native Canadian.

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  33. K-Bob
    June 4th, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    I was well on the way to forgetting him entirely, when a big honkin’ notice occurred on Memeorandum announcing he was “cutting back” over some sort of family situation.

    I was like, “cutting back?” From what? Being nearly invisible?

  34. keyboard jockey
    June 4th, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    It’s no good to try and play on my sympathies, because of Frum’s mother’s unfortunate nesting instincts 😉 Especially not after the last assault launched by the Canadians “The Bieber”.

  35. RantMan
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    Do please, STFU…. You’re such an asshole. You’re just pissed at me, because I put you in your place once. Ya fucking asshole.


  36. RantMan
    June 4th, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    I agree….It’s just that whole smug arrogance thing.

  37. Quartermaster
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    The Frummer Boy (As Taki calls him) just loves the sound of his voice. It’s just so lovely. I’m sure it sounds so beeyoutiful to him.

    To bad, for him, that no one with any intelligence is listening.

  38. Quartermaster
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    He does say that like it’s a bad thing. I can’t agree. Paralysis is good thing when it comes to that bunch.

  39. Mike G.
    June 4th, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    So, how is it in your Mother’s basement? Still damp and cold?

  40. andycanuck
    June 5th, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    For the first time in my life I’m ashamed to be a Hoser.

  41. andycanuck
    June 5th, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    Is that like Elizabeth Warren is a native American?

  42. keyboard jockey
    June 5th, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    He was born in Toronto.

  43. keyboard jockey
    June 5th, 2013 @ 7:59 am
  44. keyboard jockey
    June 5th, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Just to keep this on topic David Frum is the Justin Bieber of political commentary SNARK.

  45. Bob Belvedere
    June 5th, 2013 @ 8:37 am


  46. Bob Belvedere
    June 5th, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    ‘Bieber’s gay punk ass’


  47. Bob Belvedere
    June 5th, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Ah! Another Taki Mag fan.

    UPDATED: Which Stacy used to write for.

  48. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 5th, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I gave you the benefit of doubt on the Jewish comment, but you just can’t let it go. Strangely enough, like a lot of Obama cronies.

  49. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 5th, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Chunky Boo Boo is not wearing a fat suit, so they may be fraternal twins.

  50. jdp
    June 5th, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Every day that congress meets we lose a little more of our freedom. I’m failing to see the downside of paralyzing congress for 18 months.