As It Turns Out, Not All Conservatives Are Insane

“Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.” -Oscar Wilde

David Frum and I don’t see eye to eye on much, policy-wise.  But I bet I could sit down with him at dinner and have a friendly, intelligent discussion.

You might remember him as the guy that the American Enterprise Institute fired for writing a column on CNN about how the Republicans were defeated on health care, calling it the Republicans’ “Waterloo.”

Now that AEI has canned him, he’s free to right reasonable (if often wrong) things at his own forum, including a piece about the dangers of calling Obama a socialist. He points out, among other things, that:

“In 2009, the US health economy reached a symbolic tipping point: for the first time, more than 50% of the dollars spent on health were spent by some agency of federal or state government. Sounds like socialism, right? But this tipping point was not driven by President Obama. It was driven by the growth of Medicare – and last I heard, it was President Obama who was proposing slowdowns in Medicare spending, and it was Sarah Palin and the Tea Party activists who were denouncing reductions in Medicare as tantamount to “death panels.””

He also clearly states that:

““Socialists” did not make this mess. Every one of these distortions was championed by President George W. Bush and remains the declared policy of congressional Republicans.”

Look, people – a perfectly reasonable conservative. Shocking, I know.

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