Sent to you by Sean McBride via Google Reader: Frum Performs Obsequies for McCain and Bush, But Not for Frum via Mondoweiss by Philip Weiss on 10/21/08 Just caught part of a forum between Shrum and Frum (Bob and David) on C-Span, at Georgetown University. Shrum's a genius, but he's not my subject. I study Frum carefully as I prepare my novel inspired by Bruno Malinowski: The Sex Lives of the Neoconservatives. Frum's smart and fabulous looking, a head like a rhino. He said, It's over, the Republicans should give up on McCain now and put money into other races. Then a couple times he said the greatest failure of the last eight years is the growing gap between the rich and poor. When the moderator asked him what he would tell the Republicans to address, it was this.
He said that Reagan was the apogee of conservative thinking, and Bush 2 the decadent period of conservative ideas. They'd run out of gas. Notice that he is calling it all conservative, nothing about neoconservative. And in listing the failures and deadness of Republican ideas in the last eight years, he did not mention Iraq. This from the man who wrote, An End to Evil, with Richard Perle, saying we could pick off whoever we wanted in the Arab world, and said "Victory or holocaust"! and is credited with Bush's line, "The axis of evil." Quick, name those countries! The two things I took away from my truncated watching of Frum were, It wasn't clear why anyone should be a Republican right now. He didn't tell me what there is to believe in. I didn't see the whole thing; but if you care about economic equality, and I do, then Barack's your man. Let's try some socialism! Then, too, I sense that Frum is running from his war, the Iraq war, just like Feith is. It's still the first paragraph of his own obit. He'll never live it down. He ought to have a homa ceremony and burn the book Perle and he wrote, and do a public shriving. Maybe he should apologize for "axis of evil." As it is he's like Feith denying that he had any ideology at all in his recent book, War and Decision. Out damn spot! Things you can do from here: - Subscribe to Mondoweiss using Google Reader - Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your favorite sites