Frum: GOP Needs Reform, Not Rush
Stick-in-the-mud Limbaugh makes disastrous figurehead
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2009 9:16 AM CDT
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh is gunning to be the face of the Republican Party, and the GOP is allowing it—with potentially disastrous consequences, writes noted conservative David Frum. “With his private plane and his cigars, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence,” Frum writes. Worse, Rush insists Republicans need not change when the “party seems to be running to govern a country that no longer exists.”

“Look at America's public-policy problems, look at voting trends, and it's inescapably obvious that the Republican Party needs to evolve,” Frum writes. The Reagan era is over, and while big government may still be a problem, it's not the way it once was. The GOP needs to “modulate” its social views and take on a greener message. But Limbaugh maintains that “conservatism is what it is, and it is forever.”