Bronze-level articleDavid Frum

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No relation to John Frum, of course we hope.

David Frum is a conservative writer and pundit. We all first learned of David in 2002 through his wife Danielle, who just had to e-mail her friends and family because she was so proud that husband David (who is Jewish) helped fuel the Christianity-driven foreign policy lingo of George W. Bush.


Dear World, Danielle hearts David

David Frum on, November 2007.
I realise this is very 'Washington' of me to mention but my husband is responsible for the axis of evil segment in Tuesday's state of the union address. It's not often a phrase one writes gains national notice... so I hope you'll indulge my wifely pride in seeing this one repeated in headlines everywhere!
—quote from Danielle Frum's e-mail to The Internet)[1]

Frum was the man who wrote "Axis of Evil" in Bush's 2002 State of the Union address. After Danielle's wifely boast, David left the White House. Debate ensued over whether he resigned of his own volition, or whether he was pushed out for his wife's commission of the cardinal sin of a speechwriter taking credit for a politician's speech.

Between 2002 and 2010, David Frum wrote a lot of boring stuff, did a lot of boring stuff, started a vanity project called FrumForum and took a position at the American Enterprise Institute, which now serves as the neoconservative Republican Ministry of Propaganda.

Frum returns to reality

Stephen Colbert showed why he has a Peabody Award for journalism by handing David Frum his ass in October 2008.[2] Frum was on Colbert's show to promote Comeback, his latest "I Know How to Save the Republican Party" book talking the truth about how the Bush era was disastrous for the conservative movement. Problem? He not only was part of that era, he had praised it, calling Bush's leadership "nothing short of superb" in a 2003 book. In the new book, Frum had some good ideas, but Colbert nailed him repeatedly for his dramatic shift to critic. Frum mostly fumbled through answers to questions like, "How does leadership become superb one day, and not the other?" and "Can we tax cut our way out of our present [fiscal] problem?" Frum admitted to proudly voting for Bush in 2004, but struggled to explain the difference between 2004 George Bush and 2008 George Bush, whose policies he was now criticizing in the new book.

American liberals, always desperate for some—any—signs of reason in the conservative movement, generally applauded Frum's shift.

Reality fires Frum

In 2010, Frum dared to question the Senate Republicans' strategy to block anything Obama, particularly healthcare reform, and he was promptly fired from the AEI for expressing his own thoughts.[3] It didn't really matter to AEI because his co-workers complained that Frum rarely showed up for work.[4] That's just because Frum was a pretty show pony that made it seem the AEI had Big Important Minds dreaming up their wingnut propaganda, which is really crafted by unpaid interns.

David becomes an example

Frum's firing was reminiscent of the firing of Bruce Bartlett in 2005 from the National Center for Policy Analysis after he criticized President George W. Bush.[5]

The forcing out of both Frum and Bartlett from conservative establishment institutions was cited as further evidence of the conservative movement's "epistemic closure", a political phrase coined by Julian Sanchez at the Cato Institute. Sanchez used it to describe a conservative movement that is engaged in fantasy with distorted priorities; that it has become intellectually weak and close-minded; and that conservative beacons such as Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Fox News have “become worryingly untethered from reality as the impetus to satisfy the demand for red meat overtakes any motivation to report accurately."[6]


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