David Frum's Wife Still Frustrated that the Republican Party and Conservative Movement Don't Care About What Her Husband Has to Say (Update)
Later today, David Frum's wife, Danielle Crittenden, will put up a post at the Frum Forum about Governor Palin's speech last night in Hamilton, Ontario. Crittenden attended the speech, and it seems a safe bet that she'll write about how much she hated it.
Crittenden is certainly entitled to her opinion, but three things should be pointed out.
First, Crittenden's opinion appears to be a minority opinion among the attendees if you read the reports of the event from the Hamilton Spectator, Canwest News Service, and Vancouver Sun.
Second, her friends have effectively called her husband a liar. Well-respected conservative Richard Murray recently broke off his friendship with the Frums because David Frum deliberately misrepresented why the American Enterprise Institute parted ways with him. Murray wrote the following in the National Review (emphasis added):
I have known and liked David and Danielle Frum for many years, and what I am about to write will end that friendship. I regret that. But [Frum's] statement goes beyond self-serving. It is a calumny against an organization that has treated him not just fairly but generously....
I also think that for David to have leveled the charge that Arthur Brooks caved in to donor pressure, knowing that the charge would be picked up and spread beyond recall, knowing that such a charge strikes at the core of the Institute’s integrity, and making such a sensational charge without a shred of evidence, is despicable.
Finally, the Frums have been attacking Governor Palin since the 2008 election ended. They remain frustrated that Palin remains one of the most popular figures, if not the most popular figure, within the Republican Party and conservative movement. The Frums are frustrated by the fact that Republicans could win an unprecedented number of seats in the 2010 midterms, notwithstanding the fact that the Frums guaranteed us that Palin's brand of politics would ensure that we would become a permanent minority party. The Frums are frustrated by the fact that conservative and moderate Republicans are proudly wearing the "Party of Hell-No" label as a badge of honor. We have said "hell-no"... to the Frums.
Disclaimer: This post should not be read in any way as an attack on other bloggers at the Frum Forum as I believe some of them do good work for the Republican Party and the conservative movement regardless of any political differences I have with them. This post is about David Frum and his wife.
Update: Frum shamelessly plays the guilt-card by posting a letter that allegedly comes from a dying Democrat. I had the same response to this abhorrent tactic from Frum as the comment made by "Franco 2 at Apr 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm."
Update #2: Remember this exchange between Mark Levin and David Frum?
Update #3: David Frum's wife has finally published her article regarding Governor Palin's speech. First, Frum's wife predictably fails to note that Palin spoke off-the-cuff, extemporaneously without a teleprompter for nearly an hour.
Second, Frum's wife doesn't tell the FrumForum readership that the charity did not hire her as a speaker to give a political speech.
Third, Frum's wife claims that Palin's speech "was political theater—but not political leadership" as if she's qualified to discuss either. The tenor of Frum's article is one of pure frustration; their frustration is with the fact that millions of Americans listen to Palin, whereas almost nobody attends their symposiums about why the Republican Party should tax fats, support an increase in the government's role in healthcare, and adopt a carbon tax in order to stay viable as a political party.
Does Frum's wife really disagree with the idea that political leadership is convincing the electorate that your political opponents are wrong? If not, then she should probably pick up today's Las Vegas Review-Journal that featured an article discussing how a majority of Nevadans now question global warming and oppose cap-and-trade. In that article, Frum's wife would be surprised to find who exactly the Las Vegas Review-Journal is crediting with producing an argument that "has shown greater resonance in public discourse." I don't know how else to characterize producing an argument that "has shown greater resonance in public discourse" other than political leadership.