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Remember the phrase 'Axis of Evil'? Well, that's David Frum. No, he's not the axis of evil - but he did the coin the phrase while working as a speech writer for George W. Bush back in 2002. Those four words cemented David's position as an important voice in Conservative American politics. Which can be a little surprising when you consider where he came from.
Growing up in Toronto, David was what you'd call a lefty. His mom was one of Canada's most-respected journalists -- the late CBC broadcaster Barbara Frum. He was active with the NDP, but all that changed when he was barely into his teens. His mom gave him a copy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. The book is a searing indictment of the brutal Soviet prison-camp system. David's reading material didn't sit well with his fellow volunteers - but instead of abandoning the book, he abandoned the left. That decision would lead him all the way to the White House.
Throughout his career, David has positioned himself as the smart conservative's conservative. And there's no disputing the smart part. He graduated from Yale, then Harvard Law. He worked for The National Review and, now, as a contributor to The Daily Beast and CNN. He's a go-to-guy for political commentary. But when it comes to the party he's supported all his adult life, David doesn't exactly love what he sees these days.