The Times of London has some useful perspective. Here's the timing, so use Occam's Razor. David writes his "Waterloo" post on Sunday afternoon at 4.59 pm. On Monday morning, the Wall Street Journal publishes an editorial lacerating Frum:
Mr. Frum now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans, which is a stock Beltway role.
Mid-morning, Frum gets a summons to lunch at AEI, where one way he "makes his living" is removed. This could all be a total coincidence. But the right's fatal miscalculation on healthcare - and their clear defeat last weekend - must surely have led to some gnashing of teeth and fury.
The tea-partiers yell and shoot and throw bricks; the neoconservatives just take one of their own dissidents out and metaphorically shoot him.
The assumption is that conservative intelligentsia acts often as a kind of group-think Politburo in Washington, an elaborate and bizarre conspiracy theory until you realize it's completely true. They loathe liberals; but they hate intellectually honest conservatives more.
Especially when those intellectually honest conservatives are proven right.