Frontier Former Editor

May 18, 2008

It’s always enlightening to hear self-assessment

Thanks to The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, via  Virginia Virtucon for this rather revealing document.

Just for background, Tom Davis is a Virginia Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Given that my Commonwealth now houses Republican luminaries such as Oliver North, Pat Robertson, Jim Gilmore and others, I’m sure that Davis’ little dissection is going over particularly well.

Especially when the Republican National Committee is so inclined to public self-denial. Yep, we’re winning the hell out of the war in Iraq and we’re going to achieve peace in our time in Palestine, yessiree!


“The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost thirty seats (and our majority) and came within a couple of percentage points of losing another fifteen seats. Whether measured by polls, open seats, money, voter registration, generic ballot, Presidential popularity or issues, our party faces a steep climb to maintain our current numbers.

This slope is exacerbated by the fact that little has changed to improve our image over the past eighteen months and that voters looking for change are unlikely to embrace the same-old, same-old, which was overwhelmingly rejected in the last midterms. Members and pundits waiting for Democrats to fumble the ball, so that soft Republicans and Independents will snap back to the GOP, fail to understand the deep seeded (sic) antipathy toward the President, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party.”

Really? You think?

There’s probably a strong clue in this document as to why Tom Davis chose not to run for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat: the Democrat candidate makes a better fiscally responsible, socially moderate Republican than any national Republican could hope to even dream of being.

But at least Tom Davis has a fair grasp of why Republicans in general are a pox upon the land – not that the Republican National Committee rank-and-file are going to listen.

Don’t think that, by implication, this post means that I wholeheartedly support the opposition. After wading through the pre-election festivities to date, I’d almost be willing to raise Nixon from the dead and vote for him.

Nixon might have been a paranoid, sociopathic, drunken, revanchist monster with fascist and John Bircher tendencies, but you could at least trust him to be those things and corner him like a rat to control those tendencies. Come to think of it, he was probably a better domestic-affairs and foreign policy president than just about every president in the 20th century with the possible exception of Roosevelt and Eisenhower.

Hell, even Nixon was willing to talk with our enemies because he could speak from a common base of experience, philosophy and complete lack of ethical grounding. Tyrants and subverters of democracy can appreciate threats and cajoling from other tyrants and subverters.

Not so with the greasy, amateurish pack of three trying to win our hearts and minds this year.


  1. Um … So Obama, willing to talk to Iran and Syria, is a good thing, no?

    Seems like the only possible pick, to me.

    Comment by Metro — June 10, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  2. Bonjour Senor FFE

    Salve atque Merhaba



    We’re all doomed

    Don’t Panic .. don’t Panic

    Zees ist very vorryink

    The APPALLING influence You und der insightful Monsieur Metro et Mlle Stilletto are having on la Publique Generale, avec les vestres views troppo intelligenti

    Waah, ah doo declay-are, Miss Scarlet

    Even a sehr Grauer [outRageously Gray} Adler [un Rapteur tres distingué et ancien] is being corrupted sufficiently to find himself favouring (err … favoring] oor Barak, despite his ancestors from Middlesex et Derbyshire


    It is a Truth Universally acknowledged zat dies ist un Affaire troppo Difficile to mention to the Eagle’s Conservative Freonds

    Wot vill la Marchionesse la RegenCoaster say if her Grace ever finds out

    Very vorrying

    Vale atque Selamin aleykum

    Je reste le vestre Servant obedient etc

    L’Aigle Gris

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — June 12, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  3. M. Eagle.

    Fear not. I have become so disgusted with the slate of candidates developing this election season that I am reading up on reanimation to see if Eisenhower and Nixon can be resurrected as the alternate slate on the ticket. This choice would, in one fell swoop, bring both moderation and entertainment back to American politics and government:

    “Turning the two Republicans’ strained relationship to their advantage, Kennedy advisors skillfully worked an excerpt from one of Eisenhower’s press conferences into a campaign advertisement. Asked at the press conference what contributions Vice President Nixon had made to his eight-year administration, Eisenhower replied that, given a week, he might think of something. The replay of that quip, and the reporters’ raucous laughter afterward, deflated the significance of Nixon’s vaunted experience.” (

    Comment by Former Frontier Editor — June 12, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  4. For small mercies, you Americans should be thankful – it can always get worse

    Just think

    If Gross Britannien applied to join the Union and was admitted as the 51st State – after all, we almost speak the same language, even if some struggle with their Spelling ….

    …. you could find Sauron the Brown demanding the right to be President …. or Calamity Clegg

    or if IRAN became the 52nd State, in order to keep their Nuclear Weapons “within the Family”

    The Intellektually-Challenged Florida Governor Jed Bush wouldn’t be able to work out if he should be cheating Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or that smiley Young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into the Presidency

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — June 13, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

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