David Frum (coiner of the phrase “the Axis of Evil,” which helped send us into tragedy in the Middle East) has joined the ranks of conservative apostates, at least as far as the current state of the Right is concerned, declaring the current Republican leadership completely out-to-lunch (paid for by corporate lobbyists, no doubt) in terms of providing coherent national policy and true leadership.
In this commentary in New York magazine, Frum, while reminding readers of his solid conservative credentials, observes that the Right has constructed a separate reality for itself, one that leads to really stupid, and even dangerous, policy decisions, summarizing:
This past summer, the GOP nearly forced America to the verge of default just to score a point in a budget debate. In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed. In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem to have shrunk to just one: more tax cuts for the very highest earners. When I entered Republican politics, during an earlier period of malaise, in the late seventies and early eighties, the movement got most of the big questions—crime, inflation, the Cold War—right. This time, the party is getting the big questions disastrously wrong.
This doesn’t mean Frum has become a born-again progressive (like me, after shrugging off the mantle of my Republican heritage decades ago), but he is sounding his alarm not only for his party, but for the country, as well.