Last night on Stephen Colbert's election
coverage (complete with standard jokes about Charlie Crist's tan,
Murkowski's difficult-to-spell name), he invited the contrarian conservative David Frum to share his
thoughts about the midterms. Before Frum got in a word, Colbert played
back the pundit's 2008 prediction in which he said that since the GOP wrote off younger and urban voters, the
Republicans wouldn't have "much of a future." In light of last night's
election returns—with older, more rural Tea Party voters
tilting legislative power back to the GOP—Colbert wondered how the
pundit's prediction could be "that wrong?"
But Frum stuck to his
prior comments, arguing for a more centrist governing strategy and
noting that "what's good for [Sarah Palin], isn't good for the party."
Colbert later remarked to
Frum: "You used to be be the middle of conservatism in America—you
were a speech writer for President Bush—but now you're like
quasi-socialist compared to these people."