March 26, 2010

Ronald Reagan famously gave the 11th Commandment of GOP politics: Thou shalt not speak ill of your fellow Republican.

Apparently, some 30 years after he left office and six years after he passed away, David Frum didn't think it members of the GOP needed to still worship at the altar of St. Ronnie.

He was wrong:

David Frum, who wrote a widely-circulated blog post Sunday suggesting passage of the health care bill amounted to "Waterloo" for the Republican Party, has apparently been forced out of his fellowship at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Frum posted a resignation letter on his blog following a conversation with AEI President Arthur Brooks announcing that his position is "terminated."[..]

On Tuesday, the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page hammered Frum for his "argument that if only Republicans had negotiated with Democrats, they could have somehow made the bill less awful than it is."

"Mr. Frum now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans, which is a stock Beltway role. But he's peddling bad revisionist history that would have been even worse politics," wrote the newspaper.

While I shed no tears for someone who has been smack dab in the middle of some of the most devastating policies ever wreaked on the whole world, it does strike me as more of the same recklessness and frenzied emotion that we see with the tea baggers, but coming from the institutional conservatives of DC. The fact that they cannot bear criticism or self-examination and would rather bash and remove the person who counsels reflection and restraint makes me a little frightened of who is in charge. Could it be that AEI is actually taking orders from the tea baggers?

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