Pity the Conservative Intellectual Set

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Oct. 6 2010 9:13 AM

Pity the Conservative Intellectual Set

I have a piece up asking and answering a question : What happened to the smart takes on how the Republican Party needed to reform and lurch to the center to survive, since the GOP didn't do that and is winning anyway?

This is not how Frum expected things to go. As the GOP was hitting the reef, he published Comeback . He launched a new Web site, New Majority, the day that Obama was inaugurated. (The site was subsequently renamed FrumForum .) In March 2009, he made a splash with a cover story for Newsweek warning of the damage Rush Limbaugh was doing to the GOP's comebackhopes. "The worse conservatives do," wrote Frum, "the more importantRush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservativessucceed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, themore Rush will be sidelined."

In reality, conservatives succeeded and Rush grew, impossibly, even more prominent and influential.

"In the fall of 2010, nobody needs Comeback and nobody needs Grand New Party ," says Frum.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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