Who, like all of Conservatism's Good German Expatriates, somehow managed to miss every single gigantic warning sign about Brownshirt nature of the monster they were creating during all of the years they were prospering from the fruits of that monster's depraved labors.
And now -- once the monster he had been only-too-happy to wired up and turn loose to stomp on people like us had finally and predictably turned on him -- Frum runs in freaked-out little circles squealing "OMG! OMG! Where did this monster come from?! And how can "we" stop it!?"
From the irrepressible First Draft:
They Thought They Could Control It
David Frum, going, "I say, old chap, maybe inviting this frothing, flea-infested, mangy were-panther to our lovely garden soirée was a bad idea."
I mean, COME ON. Did you really not think you'd be lunch at some point? It's one thing to know it and have a death wish. People jump out of planes. People do all kinds of shit they know is dangerous as hell and it's kinda sexy to live that far on the edge, but only if you know. If you've got yourself a degree in Advanced Self-Deception and you think it is going to be okay to keep a zoo animal in your living room because it owes you something for naming and putting a little hat on it, I don't even know what to do with you. That kind of idiocy exhausts me down to my bones.
They nurtured these freaks for years. The entire apparatus of the sensible Republican Party of which Frum is so enamored, which started unprovoked wars and slashed necessary funding for programs that helped people but at least did it with pinky finger properly cocked, was RUN on keeping people like this chained to the machines.
Fuck him. And every one of Conservatism's Good Germans like him.
In any other profession, being that horribly fucking wrong about the very subject you are hired to be right about would be a career-ender.
Among the Conservative pundit-class it gets you promoted.
Or at least one big, ol' payday:
The 2011 Sammie Awards were held last night in Chicago.
CHICAGO – Tonight, the Sam Adams Alliance (SAM) announced the winners of the 4th annual Sammies awards. Nearly 400 guests, including John Stossel, Andrew Breitbart, and Brad Thor, took part in the celebration of ordinary Americans who take extraordinary steps to advance freedom. The winners from across the country were recognized for their engagement as watchdogs, reformers, messengers, and strategists
Ben Domenech of Alexandria, VA. Mr. Domenech along with Brad Jackson of Austin, TX won the $10,000 Messenger Award for their original and popular daily podcast, Coffee and Markets. With over 5,000 downloads each day, Coffee and Markets has quickly become one of the most widely listened podcasts on the right.
Yes, that Ben Domenech.
From "Pissed on Politics":
Ben Domenech aka Box TurtleFrom the "Washington Post":
Posted by PoliShifter on 23 March 2006, 4:03 pm
The blogosphere was up in arms a couple of days ago over the Washington Post hiring conservative blogger Ben Domenech aka Box Turtle. He gets his name box turtle from The Subversive Intellectual Society in regards to the following.
[And as a speechwriter for Senator John Cornyn (R - TX), he [Ben Domenech] penned these immortal lines:
It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right. . . . Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife. ]
The above was a bit in the war against gay marriage. Well it turns out that this Box Turtle Ben Domenech is a bit of a plagiarist as well as a homophobe.
Ben Domenech Resigns
In the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that Ben Domenech plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday.
An investigation into these allegations was ongoing, and in the interim, Domenech has resigned, effective immediately.