By Mark Memmott

"I was given the option of continuing to work, but with no salary and no office," says conservative speechwriter/author/blogger David Frum. So, he figured he had been fired from the American Enterprise Institute.

That's part of the conversation Frum had earlier today with NPR's Robert Siegel about the reaction to his criticism of fellow Republicans for the way they fought against the Democrats' health care legislation and the subsequent loss of his job at the conservative AEI.

Here's a bit of their discussion, starting with Robert:

As you'll hear, Robert reminds Frum (as if he needed to be!) that The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has called him "the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans."

"That is a very distressing and alarming way for the Journal to talk," Frum responds. He says he is "upholding some important principles in the face of the largest expansion of government since the New Deal."

Much more from their conversation will be on today's All Things Considered. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. Later, the as-broadcast version of the discussion will be posted here.

categories: Health, Politics

1:40 - April 1, 2010