Sorry for all the Frum posts, but I have been following this story pretty closely and stumbling on some good stuff that I want to pass along.
First, our friend Tom Piatak has weighed in on the matter at Chronicles.
Salon has the story here. As expected they are sympathetic with Frum’s centrist attacks on the GOP right, but they also note the irony of the former purger getting purged.
but that kind of bombast — “war is a great clarifier” — sure doesn’t look great in retrospect. Frum and his allies weren’t just trying to drum some unsavory types out of the movement. They were also working at making it impossible for a Republican to oppose the party line on the crucial issue of the day — an issue on which they turned out to be disastrously wrong themselves.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Now is where it gets really interesting. Frum insinuated to Politico that his firing was related to donor pressure. This had seemed to be the universal assumption.
Charles Murray, also an AEI scholar, objects to this view at the National Review Online blog and defends the climate of intellectual freedom at AEI. He suggest Frum was fired because he never actually bothered to show up at AEI.
Frum responds defending his claim that the firing was politically motivated. Frum wonders if AEI was holding back in the health care debate for fear of misstepping.
Bruce Bartlett, who was also fired from his job at a conservative think tank for straying from the party line although his dissent was from the right, weighs in here. (For whatever reason [bitterness perhaps?] Bartlett is now a Frumesque centrist himself.)
And last but not least, our friend Daniel McCarthy weighs in at AmConMag. Dan points out, as did Bartlett, that mandating insurance coverage was actually one of those “conservative” counter-proposals that movement “conservatives” often trot out when they are trying to offer up some liberalism light “free market” alternative to whatever outright socialist proposal the Dems are pimping at the moment.