David Frum is Wrong

Earlier, Allahpundit posted this link to David Frum’s latest post. In it, he says the following:

There was a lot of wild political hate expressed during the Bush years. I was there, I remember. But short of the crazy 9/11 denialists, no prominent liberal figure – certainly nobody as central to the left as Limbaugh is central to the right – ever accused either President Bush or Vice President Cheney of wishing to do harm to America. To have accused them of such a thing would have been to accuse them of treason.

His evidence for this claim is two quotes by Rush Limbaugh. One saying Obama’s instincts on terrorists are wrong; the other saying that Obama is, with his policies, hurting America. There is no statement that seems strong enough to justify Frum’s assertion. Limbaugh seems to be using the same tone parents often take with their children when they’re engaged in self-destructive activities – ‘Do you want that shelf to fall on your head? Keep pulling it.’ His statement seems more hypothetical than anything else. If anything, Frum’s willingness to attribute Rush’s statement to ODS is evidence of his own crusade to caricature Limbaugh as a political Snidely Whiplash tying up the GOP’s future and placing it on the train tracks.

However, what’s most ridiculous about Frum’s statement is his belief that “no prominent liberal figure” ever accused the Bush administration of wanting to harm America. To that statement, I offer the following rebuttal, in quote form:

To begin with, from its earliest days in power, this administration sought to radically destroy the foreign policy consensus that had guided America since the end of World War II.

Wow. What sort of fringe nutjob would accuse the Bush administration of actively seeking to destroy our foreign policy consensus?

Um, former Vice President Al Gore, on May 26, 2004.

Exhibit B:

In the end, for this administration, it is all about power. This lie about the invented connection between al Qaeda and Iraq was and is the key to justifying the current ongoing Constitutional power grab by the President. So long as their big flamboyant lie remains an established fact in the public’s mind, President Bush will be seen as justified in taking for himself the power to make war on his whim. He will be seen as justified in acting to selectively suspend civil liberties – again on his personal discretion – and he will continue to intimidate the press and thereby distort the political reality experienced by the American people during his bid for re-election.

Surely this was written by an anonymous lefty blogger. No respectable, “prominent” liberal would accuse the president of knowingly using a terrorist attack and deception to justify a power grab that trashes the constitution!

Think again. That was Al Gore, June 24, 2004.

Those quotes were the result of five minutes with Google. Given more time, I’m sure I could find more. So David Frum is either a tech-newbie, or he’s immune to evidence that contradicts his hyperbole.