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David Frum concedes he’s not a mainstream conservative

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

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.)

In a post Wednesday announcing his resignation from Marketplace (a show I didn’t know existed), Frum wrote this:

… 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.