Frum Explains: He Was Forced Out by Donor Pressure

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Friday, March 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

David Frum explains to Mike Allen his departure from the American Enterprise Institute. (Frum politely declined to explain much more about the situation to me last night.)

There’s a lot about the story I don’t really understand. But the core of the story is the kind of economic pressure that intellectual conservatives are under. AEI represents the best of the conservative world. [AEI President] Arthur Brooks is a brilliant man, and his books are fantastic. But the elite isn’t leading anymore. It’s trapped. Partly because of the desperate economic situation in the country, what were once the leading institutions of conservatism are constrained. I think Arthur took no pleasure in this. I think he was embarrassed. I think he would have avoided it if he possibly could, but he couldn’t.

I’ve got a copy of Brooks’ upcoming political book, “The Battle.” It’s the kind of thing that will please donors, but it really presents no challenge to GOP strategy and rhetoric. Meanwhile, as Frum tweeted last night, AEI has retained Jonah Goldberg and Marc Thiessen — two big names in conservatism, but not two who have criticized the party for failing to work with Democrats.

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kennethetucker
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

'Shazam' ! Howz about a reprise 'shout out' from that gay marine, Gomer Pyle?

“Surpirse, surprise, surprise.”

The reich-wing eating their own for the 'crime' of intellectual introspection / honesty in the face of a devastating loss? 'PERFECT' !

AEI getting down on it's knees to 'service' the rabid reich after spending years inciting the kind of visceral, reactionary, knee-JERK, CONservatism that now 'bites' them in the ass? PERFECT !

Karma's a bitch, ain't boyz?


Had it
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

AEI was totally discredited when Bush hired their members to fill top jobs in his failed “administration” that led us into the endless and pointless war in Iraq, among other disastrous policies. Why would anyone care about or listen to them?


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vintel7
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

Conservative intellectuals? LOL. That's an oxymoron. The intellectual “conservatives” are in reality “intellectual narcissists” . It's well known in psychological professional circles that narcissism frequently manifests as an “intellectual narcissism.” The intellectual narcissist is so emotionally wounded that they develop the intellect to the exclusion and detriment of other psychic functions…like empathy, compassion, and the ability to feel. Also…recent scientific studies prove that liberals have on average, IQ's that are 30-40% above their “conservative” counterparts. Conservatives have limited perception and are generally ruled by fear and violence. Hence their love of war and their protection of guns and the right to use them. They are suspicious, paranoid, and violent. Look at the newspapers, read the work of Claire Graves (Spiral Dynamics) and you will see the truth clearly.


Andy
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

The University of Chicago ,Straussian theory that people like Irving Kristal and his ilk spread to his people ,the noecon A team, is really facinating. I have read about them. I
Most of them ran the country in different forms for the last 20 years.
The whole idea is; Find a good lie to get behind that makes the people follow you with a combination of Zeal and righteousness.Irving was a Marxist
and so was everybody else in the white house.


strangely_enough
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

AEI has retained Jonah Goldberg and Marc Thiessen

Hitler mustaches and dishonest defenses of torture. Says all one needs to know about the “scholarly” output of AEI.


Sarah
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

You want to sell rational thought instead of paranoid fear? Shame on you Mr. Frum.


marya
Comment posted March 26, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

The once-considered moderate Republicans eagerly joined the far-Right on the back of the tiger they are riding and it's the same old story…..getting off is difficult and sometimes impossibly dangerous. Bon Voyage…..


Thomas Murphy
Comment posted March 27, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

For the right Thinking outside the box is un-thinkable


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