Friday, April 17, 2009

Seventh grade politics

I wondered how the resercons would handle the sloppy, shoddy, and bigoted report on right-wing extremism thrown together by Homeland Security.

Well, the David Frum has weighed in and I am pleased to say that he did not let me down.

Frum does not exactly defend the report. He mutters a few disclaimers about how it is too bad that Homeland Security is politicizing intelligence. For eDF, however, that is a sideshow. To Frum, the real villain is not the laughably bad report.

No, David Frum aims his cannon at Glen Beck. The rodeo clown on Fox makes the report seem true and conservatives who do not denounce Beck are more to blame for the problem than are the “analysts” at HSA.

All in all, it is a remarkable performance. Clearly Frum will go to any lengths to win MSM plaudits as a courageous conservative leader.

Just a few quick points on Beck and Fox News. I do not listen to the guy on radio or watch his show on cable. In fact, I’ve detested the little punk for years. (Beck not Frum). I also rarely watch Fox News since it is loud, sleazy, and hopelessly tabloid.

That said, I am baffled that Frum even mentions Beck. What does he have to do with the Homeland Security document? Does Frum believe that conservatives must not criticize Obama until they have silenced every clownish media mouthpiece who is on their side of the political divide?

Did DF ever apply this standard to liberals and Bush? Was (is) all criticism of the prior administration off-limits because Olbermann, Maddow, and Matthews are biased clowns? We all know that the David Frum never dared make that argument.

Frum, no surprise, is acting once again as a free-lance hit man for the leftwing. The White House decided to make Rush Limbaugh the face of their opposition; eDF was happy to oblige by attacking Rush in Newsweek. Now the administration wants to paint all opposition as loony conspiracy theorists. Big surprise that Frum jumps on the anti-Beck bandwagon.

I question the timing of the attacks on Beck. He is not newcomer to cable news. Odd, isn’t it, that he drew positive press when his show was on CNN and his populist attacks were aimed at a Republican administration. Now he is on Fox, Democrats are in power, and Glenn Beck is a secular antichrist.

It is the same old MSM double-standard. The only thing new is that Frum has enlisted as a Judas goat against conservatives.

eDf proclaims that he is interested n building a conservatism that can win. Yet he spends most of his time tearing down other conservatives in order to enhance the standing of one David Frum. He wants conservatives to be serious, yet he is the one who flacks for the White House while ignoring the real issues voters care about.

All too often Frum and his ilk behave like a bunch of cliquish junior high school girls. They define themselves by who they exclude. They always need victims to scorn, otherwise the really cool kids might start to scorn them.

The recent Tea Parties really put the lie to Frum’s posturing. By all rights, he should love this essentially libertarian grass roots movement. His great bugaboo--the Religious Right--is not driving the movement. The Tea Parties focus on economics not the social issues that Frum detests.

But Frum is luke warm. Fox News jumped on the board the bandwagon, you see. The people at MSNBC and CNN are making fun of the demonstrators. People might think that David Frum a dork like Sean Hannity if he supports the Tea Parties.

That really is the bottom line with Frum. He cares a lot about what the right people think.

Not Right as in conservative. Not Right as in correct. No, right as in popular in the cool circles and cool in the popular circles.

At the top of my blog I quote Sam Adams. The old boy speaks for millions of conservatives when it comes to Frum and the latest phase of his career management.

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

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