David Frum


Apparently "Frumian" is a Word

I was not aware of this until I ran across Reihan Salam's article on the newly developing "fault lines" in the conservative movement.

The reason these fault lines matter, or rather the reason these fault lines matter right now, is that, as Gabriel suggests, they complicate the critique of the president. The Frumian critique of the Obama administration is that he hasn’t done enough on housing, his approach to fiscal stimulus was wrongheaded, and his coverage expansion model is too expensive to be sustainable. The Tea Party critique, in contrast, is that he favors a radical expansion of the size and power of government that threatens our constitutional order. The nationalist critique is that he has emboldened our enemies by apologizing for America, and his defense cuts will limit our ability to project power. A Jacksonian realist, on the other hand, might argue that the president hasn’t been enough of a realist. That there are tensions and contradictions between these critiques is obvious.

A quick Google search reveals several other instances of the label, most notably an unfriendly column from Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney back in April.

The things you learn while blogging.