American Enterprise Institute Fires David Frum
AEI Terminates David Frum: The CNN Republican 'Waterloo' Column To Blame?
Political pundit and former Bush speech writer David Frum has been fired as a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and there is speculation that a recent health care article Frum wrote for CNN hastened the departure of Frum from the right wing think tank.
David Frum made the announcement of his departure from the AEI on this website Frumforum.
At lunch today, AEI President Arthur Brooks and I came to a termination of that relationship.
Below is the text of my letter of resignation.
This will memorialize our conversation at lunch today. Effective immediately, my position as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute is terminated. I appreciate the consideration that delays my emptying of my office until after my return from travel next week. Premises will be vacated no later than April 9.
I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute, and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.
Very truly yours,
Sites like The Huffington Post and the New York Times speculate that Frum was let go for his outspoken criticism of the Republican opposition to the Democratic health care plan.
...one has to assume that this is a response to his outspokenness about the Republican failure on health reform.
In discussing the Frum firing, Bruce Bartlett asserts that AEI has muzzled its health-care experts, because the truth is that they agree with a lot of what Obama is proposing.
Indeed, Frum does agree with some aspects of the Obama health care plan but he is also fierece albeit thoughtful critic of health care reform as well.
Most recently, Frum wrote a column for CNN after the Health Care Bill passed titled How The Republicans Can Rebound from their 'Waterloo'.
The point Frum was making was the hyperbole and vitriol directed at the Democratic Health Care Bill was deeply damaging the Republican Party.
So today's defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it's mission accomplished.
For the cause they purport to represent, however, the "Waterloo" threatened by GOP Sen. Jim DeMint last year regarding Obama and health care has finally arrived all right: Only it turns out to be our own.
David Frum, originally from Canada is th son of Barbara Frum. Ms. Frum was well known Canadian Broadcaster and journalist. Her son, David clearly has a sharp mind and politically was aligned on the Right. However, as the Bush presidency began to wind down Frum once the darling of the right became increasingly disenchanted with the direction of the the Bush White House.
David Frum, in the insular world of Washington politics, made the unsurprising transition from Presidential speech writer to media pundit and fellow at the American Enterprise. Institute.
A regular on the talk show sort Frum, in these shrill extreme political times, took a more reasoned academic approach in his conservative political positions. It seems Moderate and Republican are increasingly incompatible terms