Are conservatives to blame?
Why, yes! Insofar as the President has succeeding in blaming them. And really, isn’t that all that matters, perception being reality and all? The mark of true leadership is avoiding the slings and arrows of a mainstream press that, in their efforts to help advance the progressive agenda, are always looking for ways to spin GOP recalcitrance.
Whereas the squishes, conversely, are pragmatic, sober, and very very Reaganesque.
Honestly. How can the conservative movement ever hope to get anywhere without heeding the advice of wise, staunch counsel from the likes of, say, David Frum? How can they ever escape the traps placed by the left without agreeing to all the left’s premises — without an agreement by August 2, the US will default! (despite taking in enough monthly revenue to pay the service on the debt 6 to 7 times over) — and then outsmarting them by caving to them.
Ha! And here progressives thought we’d take the blame! No sir. We relented and compromised. We showed them! And the American people will love us for our willingness to break with the extremist ideologues on our fringes. Just as they embraced the maverick McCain and rode that across-the-aisle express to victory!