Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Instapundit shrugs

I'm surprised at the obtuseness of this Glenn Reynolds comment:

VARIOUS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SENDING ME THIS DAVID FRUM PIECE. I do think that there are a some cheerfully-gloomy folks on the Right, people who would rather talk about how things are going down the tubes than, you know, actually do anything about it. I don’t know why Frum picked Mark Levin as an example, though. Even Levin’s detractors would admit that he’s a fighter, not a Gloomy Gus. And if you actually read Liberty and Tyranny — as I did for my Levin interview, it’s clearly a call to action, not a counsel of despair. What’s more, if you look at things like the Tea Party movement, which Levin supports, there are obvously a lot of people out there doing things, and having fun doing them.

Which is more than you can say for Frum, lately. The tone of his stuff seems closer to the problem he diagnoses than does Levin’s. Pundit, heal thyself.

Frum doesn't criticize Levin for not being "a fighter." He criticizes him for being a hysteric. Sure, Levin wants "action" and he's shouting at the top of his lungs for it. Here's an example of his persuasive rhetoric: "Well I don’t know why your husband doesn’t put a gun to his temple. Get the hell out of here." It's not quite "doing things and having fun doing them."

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