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article imageDavid Frum fired by American Enterprise Institute

By Bob Gordon     Mar 28, 2010 in Politics
Canadian-born right-wing pundit David Frum has been terminated by the American Enterprise Institute. Apparently the two have severed their relationship as a result of a column Frum wrote about passage of Obama's healthcare reform bill.
Frum wrote a column about the passage of the Healthcare Reform Act, or 'BFD' as many wags are now referring to it after Vice-President Biden's less than tasteful remarks, for CNN and then made an appearance on Nightline during which he slighted the American Enterprise Institute. According to blogger Tom Driscoll, "his exit stage Left (excuse the pun) comes when he has the audacity (Republicans hate that word) to admit that maybe some of the rhetoric from the Raging Right has been self defeating thus far —with worrying that it probably isn’t about to get any better."
In the piece for CNN, that appeared on Monday, March 22 Frum savaged the overblown rhetoric and fear mongering of most Republicans:
I've been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes, it mobilizes supporters -- but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead.
Now the overheated talk is about to get worse. Over the past 48 hours, I've heard conservatives compare the House bill to the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 -- a decisive step on the path to the Civil War. Conservatives have whipped themselves into spasms of outrage and despair that block all strategic thinking.
Finished with the Republic Party he then went after talk radio hosts on the right such as Rush Limbaugh. He argued that right-wing talk show hosts wanted Obama to fail, as Limbaugh once admitted, and that they also wanted the Republicans to fail. "If Republicans succeed -- if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office -- Rush's listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less and hear fewer ads for Sleep Number beds."
Then he turned his attention to the Fox News network. Being interviewed by Terry Moran on Nightline he said, ""Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox. And this balance here has been completely reversed. The thing that sustains a strong Fox network is the thing that undermines a strong Republican party."
The result was, in Frum's own words, "effective immediately, my position as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute is terminated.... I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship."
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