May 12th, 2009
10:19 AM ET
9 years ago

Frum on GOP future

(CNN) - David Frum of spoke to CNN Tuesday about the state of the Republican Party.

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  1. Luke Brown

    I can hardly wait for the next election so I can vote against every Republican on the ballot.... and I used to be one!

    May 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Tania

    There is no point in listening to Frum.

    May 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    The GOP will come back. Politics is a cycle. When people see how Obama's radical policies have destroyed the dream our founding fathers had, they'll run the radicals out of town. The GOP has its work cut out but the situation isn't as dire as the media would have you think.

    May 12, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Manny Cabrere

    I just don't understand why people cannot set aside their differences. Red, blue, does it really matter? Apparently pride and special interests will always dampen the possibility of bipartisanship.

    May 12, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. luvtennis

    In 1981, the US electorate was presented with a stark choice. Carter – an educated, compassionate, intelligent adult advised us that we needed to change our ways, reduce our reliance on foreign oil, and invest in a sustainable future. Reagan – advised us that it was morning in America, embraced voodoo economics, and made deficit spending and over-consumption a way of life.

    White America – sorry folks there is no other way around it – chose Reagan. And again in 2000 Bush (disputably).

    Look what it got us. The greatest disparity in incomes since the Great Depression. An economy that was built on smoke, mirrors and easy money. Our blind faith in the free market and the private sector has destroyed our countries infrastructure and left us with a public school system [THE VERY THING THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT IN THE FIRST PLACE] in shambles.

    When Reagan won in 81, the country went into an extended period of adolescence.

    Won't happen again because Mr. Obama – in addition to possessing the intelligence and moral character that we got from Carter – is the greatest politician of the last 75 years. AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WITH A MUSLIM NAME GOT HIMSELF ELECTED PRESIDENT IN THIS COUNTRY LESS THAN A DECADE AFTER 911. Think about it!!!!!

    If he isn't a great politician, then I am Spongebob Squarepants. Unlike Carter, he knows how to balance the serious with the lighthearted, moral education with a sense of fun, and realism with the hopefulness that made Reagan attractive.

    No wonder the republicans are in total self-destruct mode

    May 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The Republican party will no doubt find its voice and rebound – but that probably won't happen in the next 8 years (and certainly not the next 4).

    May 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |

    The Republicans will not be back until 2016 MAYBE! And for those of you saying President Obama is DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY! Please Get real Bush and Republicans have been there done that!

    May 12, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The only State of the Republican Party is a state of disrepair.

    May 12, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. KLK

    GOP= irrelevant party of southern, uneducated, white, rednecks. Goodbye already!!!!!

    May 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. DeborahKansas City

    If people can not see the Republicans for what they are now, the country is in big trouble. You have the loudest voices of the Repuclicans, begging for someone, anyone, to attack America. Instead of warning America's enemies, that Republicans are still here and will be able to help and advise the President on matters of the military; Cheney and Limbaugh are begging for terrorist attacks, so that they can say I told you so, and regain power. The only thing that matters to Republicans is power and money, they could care less about Americans. They use hate and fear to trick people in to voting for them and then rape and pillage unti voted out.

    May 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. david, CA

    The GOP downward trend line is proportional to the party's increased reliance on waging domestic information warfare at the cost of truth and integrity in pursuit of political goals.
    Except for that hardcore 20 percent who still self-identify as republicans, the majority of the American people have developed an acute distaste for these GOP tactics during these early days of Obama's graceful maneuvering in Washington.

    May 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Another Obama-supporting closet-democrat pretending he is concerned about the republican party. What a joke!

    Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney....the only two republicans with backbones.

    May 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. P. D.

    Unless the GOP unloads Limbaugh, Cheney and the other older white men who make up the party and offer younger more moderate and diverse people they will get NOWHERE. All over MSM we see Dick Cheney defending his legacy. We hear how Limbaugh is telling his diciples to go even more to the right. Young people are leaving the GOP in droves, Gays and Lesbians will never vote for them in a gazzllion years and women are turned off about their views on reproductive rights and Latinos are tired of the immigrant bashing. Mr. Frum, You have your work cut out for you.

    May 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Ben

    Exactly how is this guy qualified to speak on anything? Typical Liberal hack.

    May 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. maxx atl

    This is a different history and its written for and by the people. the people have spoken and will continue you cant stop us now!!....the repugs are over they have ruined our country we will not let it happen again! They still cant accept the fact that we won "we the people" who would give them power again???? Go away and shut up, trying to defy democracy i dont think so!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. hear me out!

    The Republican Party has no regard for the well being of this country. They are constantly trying to undetermined the American people. The strategy that they used in the last eight years is no longer effective. They are finding out that the common working American is just as smart as the party. Remember when the GOP tried to use hip- hop to gain the respect from the American people. Stop trying to undermined us, we are smarter then you think.

    May 12, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Eileen

    The republican party has proven themselves to be frauds...claiming to be the stalwarth supporters of fiscal conservatism (with the last 3 republican presidents contributing 90% of the national deficit), small government (which republican president in recent history has actually effectively reduced the size of government? Deregulation, yeah, that was really successful – especially in the finance industry) – social morality – yep, folks like foley, and craig really speak volumes on morality – low taxes, that worked out real well too – the top 1% fed at the trough while the rest of us pay for it in national debt. Everything they claim to stand for has been debunked. they need a new schtick because the old one just isn't flying – we're living the results of failed republican ideology – and it will take us years to recover.

    May 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. P from CA

    I left the GOP because the GOP left me. They offer nothing but radical points of view. Nothing more to say. The proof was in the election results of what the GOP has done to itself.

    May 12, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Truth Teller

    The republican party needs to take a lesson from Lucky Luciano. In one fell swoop, Luciano got rid of all the old "Mustache Petes".

    May 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. C W

    The only reason Cheney is now speaking out so freely and often is because he's just another citizen and not an elected official, i.e., he can lie all he wants, it's not "official" and we can't use it to impeach him.

    What a coward! What a liar! What a chicken-hawk! (Emphasis on the "chicken".)

    May 12, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. arithmetic is liberal

    David Frum looks so uncomfortable. Every time the reporter asks him a question that even follows up a little on the previous question, he winces like he just had a white hot poker thrust in his face.

    He knows there is going to be a vast schism, because he's a smart guy, he just doesn't want to admit it. The social conservatives, which includes a vast amount of "independents" will go form the Christian Nationalist Party, and the Republicans will persist and grow without that yoke on their necks.

    When the leaders of the Republican party speak in public, they remind me of how a couple going through a divorce would talk to their children.

    May 12, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    The Republicans will be back within the next decade. The back and forth flow of power between the Democrats and Republicans has been happening for the last century.
    The party in power always gets power drunk and careless. It is not possible for government to solve all our problems despite the politicans claims they can. So government will always fail to live up to it's promises.
    What will bring Obama and the Dems down is that they have no clue how to pay for their massive growth in government. The massive growing deficits will turn voters against the Dems. And Obama is in bed with unions. Unions are one of the most corrupt groups in America. It is just a matter of time before Obama is scandalized with his union ties.

    May 12, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |