Two things I didn’t know about David Frum, the conservative Republican who has come under fire from his own party for writing critically about them: He’s Canadian and his mother was a famous liberal.
As nearly all Canadians, but basically zero Americans, are well aware, Frum is the son of a famous liberal and feminist icon, Barbara Frum. When he gained notoriety as a right-winger in the late 1980s, a nation of people to our north were shocked, and the more liberal half of them were scandalizedâ€”astonished that he could be so unworthy of his heritage. Frum has spent a lifetime proving them right, trying to sell them on some of our worst free-market ideas, such as less support for higher education, and pushing the United States into wars of which they disapproved. Twenty years after his motherâ€™s death, it could be that he is at last saying, if not â€œIâ€™m sorry,â€ then at the very least â€œI remember.â€