Rare Outburst of Sanity

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?

3 thoughts on “Rare Outburst of Sanity

  1. Reading Frum’s account of the murder of a woman and two children is enough to make a pacifist out of Bush (I wish!). Now multiply that incident by tens of thousands of women and children in other countries. But hey, they don’t look like us or talk like us or live like us, so they’re expendable, aren’t they?

  2. Frum has always been a very astute analyst and a very smart guy, unlike some of the bozos at the National Review.

    The problem with Frum isn’t that he is stupid. The problem with Frum is that he is evil.

    (Also, Frum’s attitude towards Palin is similar to his attitude towards Harriet Miers.)

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