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Daniel Libit and Ramesh Ponnuru, You Are Wrong!

Daniel Libit writes:

“Frum is smart, and the site is young,” says National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, a former colleague. “But so far, it has not made much of a splash. He has gotten some attention from journalists, but the site isn’t yet a must-read for anyone”...

Daniel Libit and Ramesh Ponnuru are wrong. David Frum's http://www.newmajority.com/ is a must-read for me and for everyone else who thinks of themselves as exiles from the sensible policy-oriented bipartisan center. It is also a must read for Democrats who recognize that the country is better with a sane rather than an insane opposition party. And it ought to be a must read for Republicans.

Daniel Libit:

Despite setbacks, David Frum beats on - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com: David Frum thinks “the Palin problem is still with us.”... “Why were conservatives vulnerable to somebody like this?” Frum mused about Palin recently in an interview with POLITICO. “The things that prevented them from seeing her are all still there. And we see them during this health care debate.” It’s been seven months since Frum parted ways with National Review to launch his own website — NewMajority.com — in an effort to rally new voices and cure the Republican Party of its “psychotic episode.” It’s a long-term project that’s fighting against the tide.

While Frum is aiming to build a moderate-minded Republican audience on the Web, the current political culture is dominated by incendiary language and ever-deeper entrenchments. Republican officeholders, motivated by a half-year of Barack Obama’s presidency and galvanized by three weeks of town hall protests, now tilt even more toward their base....

Some in the conservative cognoscente praise Frum’s intellect and efforts, but that’s where the anointing of the New Majority ends. You can count on a fingerless hand the big-name conservatives who have publicly joined the crusade. So far, Frum’s site has become an intellectual way station of college students, unknown politicos and anonymous scribes. “Frum is smart, and the site is young,” says National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, a former colleague. “But so far, it has not made much of a splash. He has gotten some attention from journalists, but the site isn’t yet a must-read for anyone”...

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