David Frum goes nuclear on Fox: the “conservative entertainment complex”

David Frum let loose on Morning Joe, blasting the “conservative entertainment complex” that has “fleeced and exploited and lied to” Republicans. All kinds of awesome.

The problem with the Republican leaders is that they’re cowards….The real locus of the problem is the Republican activist base and the Republican donor base. They went apocalyptic over the past four years. And that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world. I won’t soon forget the lupine smile that played over the head of a major conservative institution when he told me that our donors think the apocalypse has arrived. Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex….Because the followers, the donors and the activists are so mistaken about the nature of the problems the country faces the nature–I mean, it’s just a simple question. I went to Tea Party rallies and I would ask this question: “have taxes gone up or down in the past four years?” They could not answer that question correctly. Now it’s true that taxes will go up if the President is re-elected. That’s why we’re Republicans. But you have to know that taxes have not gone up in the past. And “do we spend a trillion dollars on welfare?” Is that true or false? It is false. But it is almost universally believed. That means that the leaders have no space to operate.

…Because of that… (they) are so mistaken about the nature of the problems the country faces… What happened to Mitt Romney was he was twisted into pretzels. The people who put cement shoes on his feet are now blaming him for sinking.

Even Scarborough was forced to agree.

Conservatives have been lied to… by people engaging in niche marketing and made tens of millions of dollars engaging in niche marketing. And I’m a capitalist. God bless ’em, they can do whatever they want to do. But that’s not an electoral strategy. That’s a business strategy for them.

The hard Right is currently eating itself. Some are criticizing Romney’s campaign team as “a hostile battlefield of egos in which these consultants viewed any opposition to their world view as coming from an enemy”, who monumentally messed up their supposedly awesome GOTV efforts. Others, including many of those billionaire donors, are after Karl Rove for fleecing them of money, a goodly deal of which must have dropped into his pockets and those of his cronies.

Pass the popcorn. But seriously, some amount of reality sinking in, of Republicans noticing they”ve been fed propaganda and pablum to distract them while their pockets were picked, has to be good for the nation as a whole, right?

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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    • The thing that worries me is that the left has its own industry and both of these industries are increasingly crowding out anything that’s sane.

  • I believe David Frum was exactly on the mark with his comments. The fact is, the Republican party seems to let radio and TV personalties drive their party’s view on many issues of the day and, unfortunately, those points of view are usually extremist, making compromise with Democrats difficult, if not impossible. Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, for instance, have a huge effect on Republican viewers and listeners by taking distorted positions on important issues. They then help to create this parallel universe where the Republican party members dwell. Republicans create and feed on and completely believe in their own self manufactured “facts.”

    When Republicans lost the last presidential election in 2008, we saw similar headlines about the Republican party’s internal war and what it would mean for the party’s future. The question of the day was which faction would win? In that case, the hard right won the day. The stage was set for the “party of no,” persistent obstructionism and the fervent desire for the Republican party to make president Obama a one term president. I fear the same faction will win the inner struggle of the Republican party this time as well. Republicans will continue to watch Fox News and continue to be seriously misled on the issues and it will be another four years like the past few years. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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