Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and His Allies
David Boaz and Will Wilkinson vs. the Crazed 1880s-Loving Libertarians of Doom

I Really Don't Think This Is a Compliment...

I, along with most everyone in the reality-based committee, wish David Frum well and are eager to figure out how to help him build a reality-based American conservatism for the twenty-first century--rather than the farcical McCarthyist obstructionism that seems to be an order.

But I really don't think Jonathan Rauch is paying Frum a compliment when he writes:

David Frum, A Buckley For Our Time...

William F. Buckley, 1957:

The central question that emerges... not... a question that is answered by merely consulting a catalog of the rights of American citizens, born Equal -- is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail... in areas in which it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes.... The question... is whether the claims of civilization supersede those of universal suffrage.... [T]he South... perceives important qualitative differences between its culture and the Negroes', and intends to assert its own. National Review believes that the South's premises are correct. If the majority wills what is socially atavistic, then to thwart the majority may be, though undemocratic, enlightened.... [S]ometimes the numerical minority cannot prevail except by violence: then it must determine whether the prevalence of its will is worth the terrible price of violence...

William F. Buckley, 1997, according to Sam Tanenhaus:

Athwart History: In 1997, when he was scouring the ranks of talented younger conservatives to find a new editor for National Review, Buckley eliminated one prospect, his one time protege David Brooks, a rising star at The Weekly Standard. In a memo to board members, Buckley reported that he had discussed Brooks with NR alum George Will: "I said that I thought it would be wrong for the next editor to be other than a believing Christian. He agreed and added that the next editor should not be a Canadian"--a possible reference to conservative writer David Frum...

At bottom, I think that the difference in domestic policy is that Frum is a believer in equal opportunity, while Buckley is a believer in pre-Vatican II Catholicism and in property--a Francoist at bottom, I think...

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