David Frum Ousted from American Enterprise Institute for GOP Rant
Only 3 days after he wrote a scathing OpEd for the Wall Street Journal about the GOP role in the "worst legislative defeat since the '60s," conservative David Frum has been ousted from his position at the American Enterprise Institute, where he has been a resident fellow for 7 years.
In a letter to AEI President Arthur C. Brooks, Frum stated that his departure from the conservative think tank was not voluntary.
I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute, and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.
Frum was invited to stay associated on a "non-salaried basis".
A huge part of the blame for today's disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves. At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision... we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama's Waterloo... This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.
Frum Refuses to "parrot the party line"
Bruce Bartlett, another conservative scholar who has been at odds with the right, has said the AEI only wanted people who "parrot the party line."
Frum has long been known to be a contrarian conservative. He was a bold critic of Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign and resigned from the National Review after Obama was elected.
Frum is the one who coined the phrase "axis of evil" for President George W Bush in his 2002 State of the Union address.
Frum believed that Fox News pundits Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh had incited the Tea Party movement. He told the Wall Street Journal that the GOP has "followed the most radical voices of our party" and had been led into "abject and irrevocable" defeat.
He has also been at war with much of the talk-radio right. Frum wrote a Newsweek cover story last year lambasting Rush Limbaugh, calling the host a "walking stereotype of self-indulgence -- exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party."
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