I’ll admit, I haven’t had any respect for David Frum in a long time. I believe that most of the criticism directed at him over the past year and a half or so has pretty much been on the money, and I have no sympathy for the fact that he’s an intellectual whose star is on the decline.
His latest piece on The Frum Forum (once comically titled the New Majority, until he dropped all pretenses in being interested in building one), aims squarely at Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul.
The truth, which I don’t blame Frum for wanting to shield his ears from, is that his brand of “compassionate conservatism” is dead, or at lest dying. It is lying under the rubble of the financial collapse, thrashing around and gasping for a few last breaths of sweet relevancy. Those last gasps sound an awful lot like what’s been pouring out of his pen recently.
This from David Frum:
The same holds true today for the Ron Paul ideology. Conservatives do not want to believe that the bank bailouts averted a financial collapse. That desire renders them vulnerable to the Paulites, who positively welcome a financial collapse as a necessary prelude to the construction of their gold-standard utopia – a fantasy world in which the fluctuations of the credit market are eliminated by the worse-than-the-disease cure of abolishing most forms of credit in the first place.
In today’s Republican mood, politicians who explain practical limits are rejected as weaklings and sell-outs. When Trey Grayson explains that a Republican majority will not be able to balance the budget in a single year – or that some of the anti-drug programs funded by federal dollars are saving lives – he loses support. When Rand Paul announces that he will never vote for an unbalanced budget, today’s angry Republicans hear a man of principle not a petulant grandstander.
You can’t run a country this way of course. Nor (probably) can you win a general election. Especially not with a candidate as deservedly vulnerable as Rand Paul.
Guilty as charged I suppose. “Deservedly vulnerable” of course is DC insider speak for, “not amongst the anointed”. Without the guidance of one as brilliant as Frum, there’s no way the conservatives could ever find their way out of the darkness, right?
We’ll see I suppose.
h/t Hot Air