The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Why, David Frum?

Posted on | September 21, 2012 | 60 Comments

This is just embarrassing. Grant that he’s already burnt a lot of bridges behind him in an apparent quest to become the Most Famous Republican Who Hates Everything About Republicans — a tough competition with Peggy Noonan these days — but did David Frum really have to go after Michelle Malkin?

As Ace of Spades points out, Frum makes reference to his recent novel, and his novel was brutally panned by Mark Judge.

Having expended much energy lately in an attempt to prevent a thermonuclear blogwar meltdown — evidently with no luck, given the latest ugly incident — I feel a need to emphasize once again just how much I hate this kind of stuff.

There is no rule that every conservative must like (or agree with) every other conservative, but why permit mere dislike or disagreement to become the basis for an all-or-nothing vendetta?

Why push it to the point that your friends feel so embarrassed — indeed, mortified — by your purposeful insults to their other friends?

David, you’re wrong, and I don’t mean incorrect, I mean wrong.

You ought to apologize and re-think whatever the hell you were thinking that got you so far down this road, or else you’ll finish your career guest-blogging at Little Green Footballs.

Update (Smitty): thanks, Instapundit and Daily Pundit!


60 Responses to “Why, David Frum?”

  1. Casey
    September 22nd, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    Given Pournelle’s background & knowledge, he has demonstrated far better judgement than most others you could name these days… 🙂

  2. Casey
    September 22nd, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    With all respect to the post’s author, Frum never was a conservative, at least not in a Reagan/Goldwater way. He has always aligned himself with the Country Club Republicans, AKA the DC/beltway Republicans. They lurve themselves some big-government, “compassionate conservative” solutions.

  3. Lee Dodson
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    Sadly, Frum has been too long inside the Beltway and has succumbed to Washington-Acceptance-Necessity syndrome (acronym-WAN) which renders the victim’s critical thinking and historical memory useless, hence the WAN communication and PALE (Pretty Awful Literal Exposition) ideation.

    The only cure for above maladies is absence from the Capitol and re-reading of Hayek with a sprinkling of Eric Hoffer.

    Warning: WAN and PALE are contacted in NYT and WaPo, very addictive, especially at cocktail parties and talking head shows. Lethality to career is probable.

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  5. Bob Belvedere
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    That’s the rumor.

  6. Bubbatroid
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 2:05 am

    Frum reminds me of those Israelis who always take the side of the paleo-simians. He’s decided to go down the path of self-loathing for whatever reason – I’m sure a shrink could get to the bottom of whatever mommy or daddy issues have been dogging him these past few years. A few months ago Glenn Beck and his crew read an entire Frum article on the air, and they were literally falling out of their chairs from laughing so hard. I about peed my own pants and even had to pull over my car at one point. Bottom line: who gives a flying **** what the little prick thinks.

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  8. Sam131
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    The defense of Michelle Malkin is puzzling. She received a racist tweet not long ago, and Professor/Fox contributor Marc Lamont Hill chimed in to politely her that if she ignored the racist fool, he’d go away. The always paranoid and angry Malkin went off on him, eventually tweeting “Now you’re telling me what I can retweet and what I can’t?”
    He was just trying to be helpful, but she’s light years from happy. I feel sorry for the woman. Happy warriors are worth defending. She’s not. Then again, nor is Frum. He just wants a job at MSNBC, and he’ll get it soon.

  9. MoReport
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    ‘If all were judged as they deserve
    none would ‘scape whipping.’
    She has learned, slowly and reluctantly,
    from sad experience, which is more
    than can be said of Frum.

  10. MoReport
    September 23rd, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Pournelle is a polymath, with training
    and experience in all the disciplines
    relating to governance, particularly
    technology, which is of rising, and
    soon overwhelming importance.