David Frum, the author and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has parted ways with the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Frum posted his letter of resignation on his blog, FrumForum, today, explaining that "[a]t lunch today, AEI President Arthur Brooks and I came to a termination of that relationship." His letter read:
This will memorialize our conversation at lunch today. Effective immediately, my position as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute is terminated. I appreciate the consideration that delays my emptying of my office until after my return from travel next week. Premises will be vacated no later than April 9.
I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute, and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.
Very truly yours,
Frum has been a fellow at AEI, a nonpartisan think tank that tilts to the right, since 2003. Recently he made some waves by criticizing the Republican opposition to Democratic health care reforms in a blog post that was noted by The Washington Post.
It was a disaster, Frum said, for Republicans to hand President Obama such a victory without making deals to sway reform more to Republicans' liking, and he pointed out that ObamaCare wasn't all that different from Republican ideas.
"We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat," Frum wrote, accusing the right of "overheated rhetoric" that mobilized supporters with "hysterical accusations and pseudo-information" and calling health reform's passage a "huge win for the conservative entertainment industry."