Here are words that I rarely get to utter: David Frum is making a lot of sense.
Of course, the context has to be kept in mind. Frum’s magazine, National Review, has gone a little bit batty on the subject of Barack Obama. One writer has described Obama as “a terrorist sympathizer” who emerged out of a political tradition that is “more Maoist than Stalinist.”
Now, Frum is himself is very right-wing but even he realizes that this sort of crazy-talk is both politically counterproductive and even, quite possibly, dangerous. So to his credit, Frum has posted a very deft little essay which tells his National Review buddies to chill out and tone down the whacko talk a little.
Here’s the key paragraph:
Those who press this Ayers line of attack are whipping Republicans and conservatives into a fury that is going to be very hard to calm after November. Is it really wise to send conservatives into opposition in a mood of disdain and fury for the next president, incidentally the first African-American president? Anger is a very bad political adviser. It can isolate us and push us to the extremes at exactly the moment when we ought to be rebuilding, rethinking, regrouping and recruiting.
Post script: Also surprisingly thoughtful are Frum’s observations on a recent trip to Afghanistan (the link is to the first of a long series of posts on Frum’s blog). Jim Henley has also noticed Frum’s strange new sanity. Could it be that the shock of the Sarah Palin as a Vice Presidential candidate is forcing Frum to see the world with fresh eyes?