The American Enterprise Institute has apparently decided that David “Unpatriotic Conservatives” Frum is an un-conservative patriot — the neocon breeder reactor just pushed him out, evidently for wandering too far from Republican orthodoxy on healthcare reform. As usual with these sorts of things, the execution is framed as hara kiri; better for both parties’ PR, and maybe Frum gets severance out of it, too. (Does anyone in America today, short of convicted serial killers, actually get fired anymore?)

Here’s my background piece on Frum of two years’ back. Something worth keeping in mind even as the Schadenfreude endorphins kick in is that Frum has always been the establishment’s hitman; he’s not the capo.