Quotes worth sharing – Bruce Bartlett on David Frum Dismissal at AEI

Bruce Bartlett talks about David Frum’s* firing from the American Enterprise Institute following his comments about the Republican strategy of “no on health care reform” being the GOP’s Waterloo saying the following:

“Rigid conformity is being enforced, no dissent is allowed, and the conservative brain will slowly shrivel into dementia if it hasn’t already.”

“He asked if I had noticed any comments by AEI “scholars” on the subject of health care reform. I said no and he said that was because they had been ordered not to speak to the media because they agreed with too much of what Obama was trying to do.”

Here’s part of what David Frum said in his Waterloo blog  posting:

“The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.”

“No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?”

Attacks on the health care provisions guaranteeing insurability reflect this shriveled brain and continued conformity that will further take the GOP over the cliff.

*former Bush speechwriter

Here’s some video footage of Bruce Bartlett being interviewed on David Frum:


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