David Frum and I have had our differences in the past.
This was typically due to the fact that he insisted on masquerading as a mainstream conservative. But it looks like we can now put our differences behind us, for Frum is finally coming out, so to speak, as a non-mainstream conservative (at least, when it comes to many hot-button issues of the day).
(This, of course, is not news to anyone other than Frum. In that respect, it is sort of like Clay Aiken finally revealing he’s gay.)
… on the issues that today most passionately divide Americans – healthcare reform, monetary policy, social spending to aid the unemployed, and – soon – the American response to the euro crisis, I have to recognize that my views are not very representative of the conservative mainstream.
When speaking wholly and declaredly for myself, I can shrug off (admittedly – with some regret) the distance I have drifted from old comrades. When I’m called on to do point-counterpoint, I can’t deny that there is something false about the situation.
It is good when people come to grips with who they are, and for this, I applaud him.