David Frum

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David Frum is a former resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the the editor of the conservative website NewMajority.com. He regularly writes for National Review Online, the National Post in Canada, The Weekly Standard, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Britain's conservative paper of record, The Daily Telegraph, and is a regular commentator on American Public Media's "Marketplace" program. [1]

"In October 2005, Frum founded and served as chairman of Americans for Better Justice, the lobbying group that led the opposition to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court," according to his bio on NewMajority.com. "In 2007-2008, he served as senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. Frum is a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition." [1]

Dismissal from American Enterprise Institute

On March 25, 2010, Frum was dismissed from the American Enterprise Institute after posting a piece at CNN.com on March 22 titled "How GOP Can Rebound from Its Waterloo." The piece was critical of the Republican Party, talked about the absurdity of Republican proposals to repeal all or parts of President Obama's newly-passed health care reform legislation, and discussed damaging effects of Republicans' intransigence and increasingly hard-right stance. Among other comments, Frum wrote, "Conservatives have whipped themselves into spasms of outrage and despair that block all strategic thinking."[3][4]

Support for nuclear power

In June 2009, Frum traveled to Normandy, France, as a guest of the U.S. Nuclear Energy Institute, to see a nuclear reactor being built in Flamanville. "An executive at the Institute had seen me on television lecturing Bill Maher that nuclear energy was an indispensable foundation of any serious plan of action on climate change," Frum wrote on the NewMajority.com website. "The Institute apparently decided I was their kind of pundit and invited me to join a delegation to Flamanville in Normandy on the Channel coast near Cherbourg where EdF, Électricité de France, is building France's first new reactor since the early 1990s." [1]

Frum also wrote an article for The Week promoting the reprocessing of nuclear waste, shortly after his trip to France. [5]


Between January 2001 to February 2002 Frum was special assistant to President Bush for economic speechwriting and is credited with helping coin the phrase "Axis of Evil".[1]

Frum was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from Yale in 1982 with a Master of Arts in history. He was a visiting lecturer in history at Yale in 1986 and graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1987. While at Harvard he was president of the Federalist Society.

Between 1994 and 2001, Frum was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.


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Web: http://www.davidfrum.com/

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 David Frum, "France Goes Nuclear," NewMajority.com, June 29, 2009.
  2. Policy Exchange Trustees, organizational web page, accessed December 12, 2014.
  3. David Frum How GOP can rebound from its "Waterloo", CNN.com, March 22, 2010
  4. David Frum So What Happened? FrumForum.com (blog), March 27, 2010
  5. David Frum, "France's nuclear solution: What if there were a way to get around nuclear energy's big problem - radioactive waste? There is," The Week, July 2, 2009.

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