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  1. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Funny that it’s called “Peacetime” Conservatives when all the ones I recognize are some of the biggest warmongers on the planet.

    Good catch.

    Funny thing, that wasn’t the original name of the conference. It was first billed as the “Summit on Principled Conservatism.”

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  2. I met David Frum at an AEI party during the W administration where he served as a speechwriter and wrote Dead Right which was a complimentary overview of his brief stint there. (He had some problems with Karen Hughes but liked Karl Rove.) In any case, I was attending a book-signing party for his latest “Comeback” and I was shocked at his abrupt political turnaround. (He’s probably a registered Democrat by now.)

    After his introduction and brief speech, I did wait in line for his autograph. (You can’t blame me; in those days, he was extremely handsome and wearing one of the most beautiful Zegna suits and Brioni ties I had ever seen, so you know I was attracted like a moth to a flame.) As he was signing my book, in my usually blunt fashion, I asked him “What happened to you?” He just looked at me and said, ” I don’t know what happened to the GOP.”

    Wrong answer indeed. He was interested in pursuing a political conversation there but I just thanked him for his time and moved on.

    That was a sorry a** day. 🙁

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  3. EThompson:
    I met David Frum at an AEI party during the W administration where he served as a speechwriter and wrote Dead Right which was a complimentary overview of his brief stint there. (He had some problems with Karen Hughes but liked Karl Rove.) In any case, I was attending a book-signing party for his latest “Comeback” and I was shocked at his abrupt political turnaround. (He’s probably a registered Democrat by now.)

    After his introduction and brief speech, I did wait in line for his autograph. (You can’t blame me; in those days, he was extremely handsome and wearing one of the most beautiful Zegna suits and Brioni ties I had ever seen, so you know I was attracted like a moth to a flame.) As he was signing my book, in my usually blunt fashion, I asked him “What happened to you?” He just looked at me and said, ” I don’t know what happened to the GOP.”

    Wrong answer indeed. He was interested in pursuing a political conversation there but I just thanked him for his time and moved on.

    That was a sorry a** day. 🙁

    I remember reading Dead Right during the summer of 1994, when I was 19. Frum predicted all sorts of doom and gloom for conservatives and Republicans, but then just a few months later the GOP won the 1994 mid-terms resoundingly. And the same happened in 2010, when Frum was saying that going forward the GOP would be a small, regional, Southern party. Political prognostication ain’t that guy’s strong suit, to say the least!

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  4. Mike LaRoche:

    EThompson:
    I met David Frum at an AEI party during the W administration where he served as a speechwriter and wrote Dead Right which was a complimentary overview of his brief stint there. (He had some problems with Karen Hughes but liked Karl Rove.) In any case, I was attending a book-signing party for his latest “Comeback” and I was shocked at his abrupt political turnaround. (He’s probably a registered Democrat by now.)

    After his introduction and brief speech, I did wait in line for his autograph. (You can’t blame me; in those days, he was extremely handsome and wearing one of the most beautiful Zegna suits and Brioni ties I had ever seen, so you know I was attracted like a moth to a flame.) As he was signing my book, in my usually blunt fashion, I asked him “What happened to you?” He just looked at me and said, ” I don’t know what happened to the GOP.”

    Wrong answer indeed. He was interested in pursuing a political conversation there but I just thanked him for his time and moved on.

    That was a sorry a** day. 🙁

    I remember reading Dead Right during the summer of 1994, when I was 19. Frum predicted all sorts of doom and gloom for conservatives and Republicans, but then just a few months later the GOP won the 1994 mid-terms resoundingly. And the same happened in 2010, when Frum was saying that going forward the GOP would be a small, regional, Southern party. Political prognostication ain’t that guy’s strong suit, to say the least!

    My bad; I do read a lot and my library is organized by presidents/their staff and then pundits so it was an easy mistake to make.

    The book I liked was entitled The Right Man published in 2003.

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