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Un-Conservative Patriot?

David Frum argues that (a) Republicans are a threat to suburban values, (b) Sarah Palin is Harriet Miers, and (c) Rush Limbaugh is part of the problem.

(Video via Hot Air.) Some readers may recall that, a year after leaving his job as a Bush speechwriter, Frum wrote a National Review article denouncing several critics of the Iraq war — including Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak — as “Unpatriotic Conservatives.” Now that the $5-billion-a-week Iraq war has helped deliver Congress and the White House to Democrats, Frum is leaving National Review and who knows whom he’ll denounce next? Probably not Barack Obama.

By the way, did I mention that Frum is . . . Canadian?

UPDATE: I guess I should add that, despite his attempt to cast several of my friends into outer darkness, I actually like David Frum. His book, How We Got Here is the definitive history of the 1970s and eminently readable. But, like several other conservative intellectuals, Frum seems so demoralized by the denouement of the Bush presidency that he’s not going to let facts stand in the way of his panic stampede.

Take, for example, Frum’s assertion that suburban voter view the Republican Party as “a threat to their values.” Some actual election results:

Granted, more than five years after “Mission Accomplished” and with the economy circling the drain, the Democrats made tremendous inroads, but it takes a lot of effort to look at the actual vote totals and conclude that suburbanites see the GOP as a “threat.” I repeat: Don’t overthink it.

Robert Stacy McCain
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