To understand David Frum, you need to know the unabridged version of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Before that little kid yelled out and everybody finally admitted the emperor was naked, two other people make a ruckus.
The first one was an honest, straightforward fellow who showed up early in the procession. He had been a fan of the emperor for a short time, but he soon recognized that his highness was the kind of idiot who would let a couple of smart tailors parade him around with his junk hanging out. For honestly declaring that the emperor was naked, as well as an idiot, the emperor ordered him beheaded, and all the emperor’s courtiers threw rocks at him.
The second man was an ex-courtier who had gotten his position by sucking up to a prior emperor, even though he knew that the previous leader, like this one, was a moron. When the new emperor finally decided to parade around in the buff, and well after the first man was beheaded, the second man decided to announce that the emperor was naked. Unfortunately, his timing was a bit off, but since he was a member of the last wrecking crew, the emperor took pity on him. He merely had his guards kick him in the ass and point him in the other direction. Later, after the little boy yelled out, man #2 spirited him away, threw him down a well, and took credit for the ensuing revolution.
I’m sure this isn’t too subtle, but if you’re blotto like me, you might have missed that David Frum resembles man #2 far more than man #1.
Here’s a man who came up with “Axis of Evil”, who wrote a book defending the Iraq War and advocating the same treatment for Syria, and who ultimately endorsed Sarah Palin even though he knew she was completely unqualified. His problem today was timing, not an excess of honesty or nobility.