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Frum Freaks Out: Invents Racism by Sarah Palin

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Posted on November 24 2010 3:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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With Kathleen Parker getting her own CNN show, David Frum is undoubtedly worried that he will be totally eclipsed among so-called conservatives with Palin Derangement Syndrome.

So, in a little 59 word post portentously entitled, “Bigger Problems with Sarah Palin’s new book,” David Frum finds racism—yes, racism—in the following statement:

PALIN FROM “AMERICA BY HEART”: “But from what I’ve read, family life at the time of the founding was a lot like family life for Americans today: full of challenges, sure, but also full of simple pleasures.”

I’ll give you boilerplate, banality, throwaway, heartfelt cornpone… but racism?  Really?  Give up the Frum Forum, David, and get a column on HuffPo.  You would have more readers and most importantly, you would be right at home with other PDS sufferers.

FRUM: For the 1 in 6 Americans who were held as slaves in 1790 – often unable to marry legally, and always liable to be sold and separated from spouses or children – family life was quite a lot different at the time of the founding than it is today.

A would-be president should remember that part of the American story too.

Even Frum Forum readers—who are still looking for a right of center reading experience—were put out by this, asking if we had to mention slavery every time we bring up the founders.

“ I don’t say so at all,” Frum protested, “I don’t call for national self-flagellation or self-disparagement.”

Then he proceeded to demand exactly that—or at least for Sarah Palin—for about 600 more words.

FRUM: The point of my little post was just this: Palin’s remark was the remark of somebody who looked back at the 1790s and saw only … white people.

This is the kind of thing we expect from Cornel West or Al Sharpton.  Maybe Keith Olbermann, but even Chris Matthews would probably have given the above innocuous Palin statement a pass.

(By the way, it’s pretty amazing that David Frum can find racism in the above statement, but not perversion in Alex Knepper’s contempt for calling rape victims “survivors” or his slobbering online over teen idol Justin Beiber.)

This is one of 6 (and counting) little snarks that Frum has posted on Palin’s book this week.  The others are more childish and less blatantly out of Left field.

It’s pretty amazing how quickly one-time conservative commentators, from David Brock, to Kathleen Parker, to Andrew Sullivan to now David Frum can resort to the hoariest of Leftist clichés and methods they once decried when trying to appeal to the MSM and become the “reasonable conservative.”

If this doesn’t get David the invites to the Manhattan cocktail parties he so desperately craves, nothing will.

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