When Andrew Sullivan shuttered his site and declared "I will blog no more forever", Imaginary Conservatism lost one of its most prominent voices. But Imaginary Conservatism is growth industry and a very lucrative one, so matter how many of its outlets stores go out of business, there will always be another one adding inventory to make up the difference.
Today's example: David "Axis of Evil" Frum who has added yet another another contribution to the already crowded "If only the Republican Party weren't full of Republicans!" genre of Conservative masturbatory fiction. Mr. Frum remains inexplicably employed as a senior editor at The Atlantic, a regular on CNN and MSNBC and chairman of an outfit called The Policy Exchange -- a UK think tank which appears to specialize in generic clip art, recycled slogans from 1993 and a donation button.
Here is the headline from Mr. Frum's column:
What Republicans Can Learn From British ConservativesSeveral of the world’s center-right parties have modernized in ways the GOP hasn’t.
Here is a sample paragraph:
Center-right leaders are in charge of every one of America’s closest English-speaking allies. Only in the United States does the liberal left govern. With Hillary Clinton holding strong leads in the polls over all her likely opponents, this form of “American exceptionalism” looks likely to persist for some time to come. Why?
Here is another sample paragraph:
Unlike their U.S. counterparts, these conservatives don’t fetishize the music, fashion, or religious practices of some of their voters in a way that prevents them from reaching all of their potential voters. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, they accept that healthcare security actually supports—rather than inhibits—the entrepreneurial risk-taking of a dynamic free-market economy. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, they have found ways to both enforce immigration laws and to make immigrant populations feel at home politically.
The sad part here is not that Mr. Frum is lying. Of course he is lying. I mean, what else does he have?
No; the sad part is how well-compensated David Frum is for lying so incompetently. There is no style to it. No cleverness. Just a ludicrous assertion that a terrible and non-existent "liberal left" governs our country: an invocation which "moderate conservative" weasels like Mr. Frum are obliged to make so they won't be punched in the face by the bigots and lunatics who make up 99.999% of "their" American Conservative movement every time they go out in public.
What follows this incompetent lie is a promise that if the modern Republican Party would just forswear every single issue on which the modern Republican Party was built then they could start winning elections!
David, the United States already has a center-right party and you fucking well know it.
They're called Democrats.
But good on you for scamming a national magazine into paying you to extruding tripe like this.