Thursday, March 25, 2010

Purging the Ranks: Frum Out at AEI after Speaking Out on Health Care

Conservatives beware—if you don't follow the party line, you could be out.

That seems to be the lesson over at the American Enterprise Institute, which has canned veteran commentator David Frum for straying from the party line on health care.

Ouch! Isn't this exactly what they accuse the lefties of doing? Not a lot of room for dissent over at the AEI, apparently.

AEI has met the enemy—and they are it. The full story here

UPDATE: Frum's termination means has lost his health insurance.


Tulsan said...

AEI is one of those "wingnut welfare" so-called think tanks, so no wonder they would immediately purge a "wrong-thinker."

I found this to-the-point comment on TPM left by "osage" (may be a local boy or girl!)


In order to gain the political power they've enjoyed for decades, Republican moderates and fiscal conservatives made a pact with the devil (faux Christians, bigots, racists, sexists and misanthropes) to achieve the numbers they needed to defeat Democrats. They made a strategic decision to manipulate and exploit the ignorance, fears and hatreds of dysfunctional and vulnerable voters in order to win elections rather than lose them by being intellectually and morally honest.

Today, those who conspired with the devil are caught between wanting to disassociate themselves with and or casting out the demons they empowered and the karmic reality that they don't have the numbers to hold on to or regain power without continuing to accept and "advocate" the immoral values, hypocrisies and corruptions that are dividing and destroying their party.

The survival of today's shrinking Republican Party is so dependent on extremism that they have no significant power left WITH or WITHOUT the support of America's increasingly pernicious lunatic fringe.

The idiom "caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" is appropriate as Republicans are facing the dilemma of choosing between two equally undesirable alternatives that both result in Republican impotence in mainstream American politics. They are suffering the consequences of their treachery.

Their irresponsible propping up of George W. Bush cost them their credibility, and the insanities of teabaggers, birthers and deathers incited by the sociopathic dishonesty of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and O’Reilly are costing them their viability.

Tulsan said...

You would presume that Frum knows the rules of the right-wing game. You can't go off the reservation like that without getting an arrow in the back (not that actual Native Americans would do that.)

Makes you wonder if he put his finger in the wind and decided it's time to get some non-right-wing cred by being drummed out of AEI.

He will then write a book similar to David Brock's "Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative" and make a killing.

Am I a prophet? Time will tell.