David Frum on the great Republican revolt

Which isn’t exactly happening.

Further to Canada’s David Frum says the unsayable on US immigration:

Frum, a former Dubya speech writer, asks at Atlantic:

The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016. Instead, it triggered an internal class war. Can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file?

What happens to an elite whose followers withdraw their assent? Does it self-examine? Or does it take refuge in denial? Does it change? Or does it try to prevent change? Does it challenge itself to build a new political majority? Or does it seize the opportunities the American political system offers to compact and purposeful minorities? When its old answers fail, will it think anew? Or will it simply repeat louder the dogmas that enthralled supporters in the past? Americans love the crush of competition, the hard-fought struggle, the long-slogging race. But much more than the pundit’s “Who will win?,” it is these deeper questions from the election of 2016 that will shape the future of American politics.More.

Reality check: Interesting assessments and worth reading, from Frum.

But the US Republicans do not need the “rank and file.” The rank and file have nowhere to go, and can just be glad if they are not being kicked in the face harder. The Republican elite makes a deal with the Dems not to kick them too hard or humiliate them too much for beng traditional working stiffs and churchgoers.

The only thing that would help the Republican rank and file is the one thing they can’t do: Start another party and triumph over the Republicans. Yes, that is what I said and meant … triumph over the Republicans. The Democrats would easily lose in that case But it is too late for that now, I fear.

How many workers does the technocrat state need, as opposed to benefits recipients who enable interesting dramas or at least augment the crowd for the vain adjuncts of the real rulers?

See also: Canada’s David Frum says the unsayable on US immigration

Republicans don’t need their voters. They can afford to keep losing, as long as their billionaire backers’ assets are safe.


Will robots take all jobs? No. But a great many.

  • I don’t think either party represents the rank and file any longer.

    The US is simply in a more advanced state of corruption than Canada in that regard.

    Once a professional political class and out sized bureaucracy are established democracy withers.

    • terrence

      I agree about the US – crony capitalism (no longer real capitalism) buys the politicians who do their bidding. There is little if any difference between the democrats and the republicans – I think this is why Trump gets such big groups and high poll numbers. But, as uncle Joe Stalin said, “it does matter how anyone votes, what matters is who counts the votes.”

      The NDP in Alberta are doing all they can to grow the bureaucracy; and shiny pony is throwing money at CBC and bureaucracies; and Ontario is an example how bad this can get (and the re-elected!!!). So, I think Canada is on the way to the same corruption the good ol’ USofA has; and we may get it quite soon (but the peasants will all be able to stoned – bread and circuses).

  • simus1

    Being a speechwriter among speechwriters for a US president is a very inexact measurement of influence, if any. Like being a software engineer for Bill Gates

  • Millie_Woods

    “The only thing that would help the Republican rank and file is the one thing they can’t do: Start another party…”

    Why? It may take an election cycle or two to destroy the republican establishment party but in the long run the US will have a healthier political system. In Canada the breakaway Reform party completely annihilated the PC’s which greatly benefited the country. It’s really pointless having two parties with the same policies, especially when you only have two parties to begin with.