David Frum, the conservative commentator and journalist, will be joining Newsweek and the Daily Beast, where he will contribute features for the weekly magazine and blog on the DB site.
The announcement will lead to Frum’s own site, FrumForum, shuttering its operations. “Over the past 3 years, the hard work of over 70 regular contributors and hundreds of other supporters has made a tremendous editorial success out of first NewMajority.com, then FrumForum.com,” Frum wrote Friday morning in an email to his contributors, Huffington Post reports.
Frum is openly vocal in noting flaws within the Republican party structure. In a Daily Beast lament in 2009, he was openly critical of Rush Limbaugh, noting the talk show giant was exactly what President Obama wanted to paint the GOP as, stating
With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence—exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating!
Frum, a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush, often and unabashedly takes on the Republican establishment. His recent piece in New York Magazine, “When did the GOP lose touch with reality?”, takes Republican supporters to task as he lays out the ills currently impacting the party he supports:
Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending for the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares. This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.
In his “reality” essay, Frum compares the current crop of Tea Party candidates to the early history of America’s space program, “a series of humiliating fizzles and explosions that never achieved liftoff.”
Frum added in his Friday email announcement, “Together we have forcefully joined the debate over the future of the Republican party -- and I think we together have shifted that debate. When we started, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck were real forces in American politics. I don't think we can take all the credit for seeing them off, but we do deserve at least some of it!”