"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, March 25, 2004

That "Axis of Evil" Guy

I'm a big fan of David Frum, coiner of the phrase "axis of evil." Not necessarily because of that, but because I enjoy his writing and, most important, he is the only conservative that is immune to Bill Maher's mysterious kryptonite-like substance that robs conservatives who appear on his show of their ability to make coherent arguments. It helps that Maher lets him talk.

On the panel with Frum recently was that wild-eyed, America-hating, fever-swamp-dwelling, Dr. Evil-smirking literary icon of the loony left, Gore Vidal. There were a few sparks between Frum and Vidal. Frum won, of course, because his informed arguments had meat on their bones, while Vidal's baseless bon mots contained nothing but empty calories, like those mini chocolate eclairs.