I don’t think of myself as having gone squishy. I think of myself as having grown sober. And my conservative critics? On them, I think the most apt verdict was delivered by Niccolo Macchiavelli, 500 years ago: “This is the tragedy of man. Circumstances change, and he does not.”Meanwhile, Tunku Varadarajan denounces Frum as a "polite-company conservative" and makes the case for heavy mouth-breathing:
Passionate "extremism" is part of any political debate, and the more of it the better.Really, Varadarajan? The more extremism the better?
UPDATE 3/25: The American Enterprise Institute has now made a powerful statement supporting Frum's critique of conservative narrowmindedness -- by firing him.
Update 3/25 #2: Matt Welch weighs in on Frum. It's a subject Welch has not been very well-informed about in the past.