David Frum has “terminated” his relationship with the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow. Neither the text of Frum’s announcement on his site, nor the headline “AEI Says Goodbye” make it clear whether the decision was mutual:
I have been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2003. At lunch today, AEI President Arthur Brooks and I came to a termination of that relationship.
Below is the text of my letter of resignation.
This will memorialize our conversation at lunch today. Effective immediately, my position as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute is terminated. I appreciate the consideration that delays my emptying of my office until after my return from travel next week. Premises will be vacated no later than April 9.
I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute, and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.
Very truly yours,
UPDATE: The unsubstantiated rumor swirling around the blogosphere is that Frum was asked to leave for his “Waterloo” column in the wake of Democrats’ victory on health-care reform. Time’s Michael Scherer spoke to Frum, and reports that AEI President Arthur Brooks denies that the termination was a result of the column. Frum was apparently asked to take a non-paying position at the think tank and declined.
MSNBC publicist Alana Russo tweets, ominously, that “David Frum, who parted ways with AEI today, will be on Countdown tonight on MSNBC, 8pm ET.”