Thursday, May 1, 2008

Not so upbeat

Here's Michael Moynihan in Reason:
In his recently released book Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, Frum concedes Heilbrunn’s point that a conservative regeneration is needed after the Bush administration’s big spending and disastrous foreign policy. While Frum is upbeat about conservatism’s prospects, Heilbrunn ends They Knew They Were Right on an ominous note: “These reckless minds…aren’t going away. Quite the contrary.”
The above isn't obviously wrong as was another recent Reason take on Frum. But it is a bit odd to see Frum described as "upbeat about conservatism's prospects." He scrapped the original title of his book, "The Next Republican President," because he doubted there would be one anytime soon. And he did tell the New York Times he wasn't necessarily keeping his New Years resolution, which was "not to be pessimistic."

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