Does the right tolerate dissent? | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 26, 2010

Does the right tolerate dissent?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 8:36 AM

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz poses the question and provides the answer with a story on the American Enterprise Institute's firing of David Frum, widely quoted recently for saying Republicans had miscalculated politically in their Party of No response to health reform.

Bruce Bartlett, another conservative scholar who has been at odds with the right, wrote that Frum told him AEI staffers "had been ordered not to speak to the media" about health care "because they agreed with too much of what Obama was trying to do. . . . The donor community is only interested in financing organizations that parrot the party line."

This has been the Republican way for some time. The new development is the rise of ever harsher enforcement techniques beyond economic reprisal -- angry mobs, bricks, etc.

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