David Frum, the conservative writer and former Bush White House speechwriter -- currently working for Rudy Giuliani -- tells The New York Times Magazine this coming Sunday, "What I am terrified of is that the Republican Party is heading into a period of political defeat....I am terrified that we can lose the election in 2008. We can lose in 2012, and it will take us half a dozen years to do the rethinking we need to do." He also tells Deborah Solomon, "What I am saying is that there is exhaustion, intellectual exhaustion on the part of Republicans and conservatives."
Frum has a new book, "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again." His candidate, however, got only 4% of the vote in Iowa. He says he made a New Year's resolution to "not to be pessmistic" but, asked if this applied to the state of the GOP, he added, "I didn't say I always keep my resolutions." The Magazine features a cover story on the danger of voting-machine irregularities. More on that later.