It seems that David Frum, one of National Review‘s very best writers, is going to be leaving the magazine and he suggests that NR‘s burgeoning penchant for cocooning and purges is part of the issue:
In October came the resignation of Mr. Buckley’s son, the writer and satirist Christopher Buckley, after he endorsed Barack Obama for president. He did so on Tina Brown’s blog, The Daily Beast, to avoid any backlash on The Corner.
Now David Frum, a prominent conservative writer who enmeshed himself in a minor dustup during the campaign by turning negative on Governor Palin, is leaving, too. In an interview, he said he planned to leave the magazine, where he writes a popular blog, to strike out on his own on the Web.
“The answers to the Republican dilemma are not obvious and we need a vibrant discussion,” he said. “I think a little more distance can help everybody do a better job of keeping their temper.”
An interesting development. An End to Evil is a preposterous book, but Frum’s Comeback and Dead Right are both very interesting and, frankly, more worthy of your time than a lot of political books written by people I have more substantive agreements with.