The PJ Tatler

The Fall of David Frum

A few years ago, David Frum was a medium-sized master of the universe. The Canadian-born wordsmith was writing speeches for the President of the United States and takes credit for coming up with the “axis of evil” phrase that came to characterize much of the Bush-era foreign policy. He would go on from there to become a sought out commentator on politics and world events. He wrote for National Review and the Daily Beast, among others. He obtained a cushy post at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank.

Nowadays, no one seeks out Frum’s opinion. He opines at his own site and Twitter. National Review let him go. AEI let him go.

Today, as many as 12 died in an attack on the US Naval Yard in Washington DC. The motive behind that attack is unknown and as of this writing, several hours after the attack began, there may still be two suspects at large.

So very few facts are known. But that did not stop Frum from launching his own assault on law-abiding American gun owners. Ever the deskbound warrior, Frum blasted at millions of Americans dealing with the shock of an attack on one of our military installations from the safety of distance and the comfort of Twitter.

I’ll disagree with Erickson, who thinks Frum should “grow up.” There’s a malevolence to the way Frum trolls conservatives and exploits tragedy that precludes belief that adulthood would make a difference. He is an adult, who is also a nasty piece of work.

Thinking before tweeting would be wise, though. Until we know a motive for today’s shooting, and maybe after we know that, Frum may unwittingly have made himself a mouthpiece for terrorists or murderers. That’s a long way from crafting speeches for the leader of the free world.