Remember David Frum, the author of the Axis of Evil?
In her email to friends and family, Mrs Frum wrote: “I realise this is very ‘Washington’ of me to mention but my husband is responsible for the axis of evil segment in Tuesday’s state of the union address. It’s not often a phrase one writes gains national notice… so I hope you’ll indulge my wifely pride in seeing this one repeated in headlines everywhere!”
Robert Novak claimed on CNN that the president was so infuriated by the emails that Mr Frum was fired. This was denied by the White House and Mr Frum, who accused Mr Novak of “making stuff up” and said he had given a month’s notice on January 24, while the speech was being written.
In other words, he let the cat out of the bag on the TOTUS deal.
Frum eventually ended up at the American Entreprise Institute.
Eventually, he opened his mouth again, criticizing the GOP opposition to the GOP Romneycare that Obama enacted
But we do know that the gap between this plan and traditional Republican ideas is not very big. 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.
The component parts of this thing are pretty similar to what Howard Baker, Bob Dole, and Tom Daschle proposed at the beginning of this debate last year.
this was not for public consumption, especially, not in a year when they are trying to take back congress by running against their own brainchild.
So, poor Frum has been fired again. For letting the cat out of the bag. Again. And this cat was way better hidden than the first one
So why are none of the talking heads on your TV screen and none of the op-ed writers in your newspaper talking about how this health plan is a big victory for Mitt Romney and Republican policy analysts? Because there has been a conspiracy of silence among those working for the bill and those working against it.
Indeed there has been. The firing of David Frum vindicated Brad de Long.
The secret seems to get out though – AP has it in the examiner
Republicans were for Obama’s health insurance rule before they opposed it
Interstingly it’s used to call the GOP rather than the Dems hypocrites – all in the name of CDS
The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that’s been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach.