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?