Frum on the make
A few weeks ago, when I pointed out how Canadian immigrant David Frum had vilely betrayed the conservative movement as part of his ongoing devotion to his one and only true commitment, his career, a reader suggested that no, Frum was really being consistent to the Canadian style “conservatism,” (i.e. polite statist liberalism) in which he had grown up. I replied that that didn’t seem plausible, since Frum over the years had taken positions that were very far from Canadian style “conservatism” and serially abandoned all of them—such as the quasi-tough guy paleoconservatism of his first book, Dead Right, his principled-sounding opposition to homosexual marriage, and his tongue-tied flirtation with immigration restriction (in a Zelig-like moment, he even laughably claimed to be a pioneer thinker of the immigration restriction movement). His publishing a cover article last spring in Newsweek in which he smeared Rush Limbaugh, and, by extension, all conservatives, followed by his article in Time, further suggested the real goal of Frum’s “New Majority” makeover of himself—a mainstream career as a media-acceptable “conservative,” as another David Brooks, who, like Frum, is a Toronto-born Jew. (VFR’s pieces on Frum can be seen here.)
And now guess where Frum has arrived. Six months after portraying Rush Limbaugh on the cover of Newsweek as a sweaty demagogue who should shut up and go away, he’s become a regular contributor at CNN, boasting of how excited he is about his new, “global” audience.
Jeff S. writes:
Have you checked CNN’s ratings lately. This is like jumping on board the Titanic AFTER it struck the iceberg. I guess you could say this move speaks more to motive than it does to judgment, but still …LA replies:
I didn’t know that. But isn’t that funny. It fits the Frum pattern I’ve written about before, that he’s both an unprincipled opportunist, and a schlemiel with laughably bad judgment, e.g., belatedly signing on to the Giuliani campaign just before it crashed.Alan M. writes from Canada:
I don’t know if you caught David Frum on the Hugh Hewitt show yesterday. I heard it live and could not believe my ears.LA replies:
I just read about half of it, but it’s very long and repetitive and I got the point.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 27, 2009 12:15 PM | Send