Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How Much Bull Is John Guardiano Full Of?

LOTS. He's predictably showering David Frum with adoration for his handling of the NRB-Knepper affair (click here to see why it's undeserved), droning on and on about Frum's "characteristically gracious and charitable fashion," and how "lucky" people are to have Frum (going so far as to say Frum's "steadfastness and loyalty under fire" would have made him a good Marine. Stop laughing).

The most insufferable thing about Guardiano's hero-worship is that, in whining about how persecuted this great man is, he's never even addressed the main reason most conservatives consider Frum a foe. This Daily Caller piece doesn't contain any actual arguments or defenses of Frum's conduct; merely assertions that it's sincere, substantive, and worthy of respect. Neither does this whine-fest at Guardiano's own site. Back when we were colleagues, I respectfully pointed this out to him a couple times in NewsReal comment threads. Same result.

He veered dangerously close to the fundamental problem with Frum once, but for whatever reason refused to carry his observations to their logical conclusions, or put it in context with Frum's record. No more. It simply doesn't suffice in serious debate to hold and argue for a particular position while totally ignoring the evidence against it. With that in mind, I've got a challenge for John. Here is a partial summary of the dishonesty and character assassination against fellow conservatives that David Frum engages in and endorses. This is why we don't want him to be a part of this movement. If you want to be taken seriously, you can no longer avoid discussing it. Are you willing to say these things are the mark of a "gracious," "loyal," decent man?

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