But he is also responsible for much of the problem.
Frum is entirely correct when he charges that the Beltway conservative Establishment pays people to repeat, rather than think.
But Frum himself has played a crucial role in setting the boundaries of what “conservatives” are allowed to think.
Today, successful movement “conservatives” are either approval-addicted sociopaths or have deliberately crafted a protective stupidity that prevents them from reflecting on or even paying attention to issues that might get them in trouble with the Southern Poverty Law Center—$PLC to VDARE.com—or worse, purged by National Review.
The result is a movement that is simultaneously extreme and Politically Correct, rhetorically militant and absolutely no threat to the governing order.