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David Frum: In the Republican race, itís Romney, Huntsman or bust
National Post ^ | 11/26/2011 | David Frum

Posted on 11/26/2011 5:41:45 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Yesterday, 11 National Post contributors named their preferred Republican nominee in less than 250 words.

Being more indecisive and longer-winded, I needed 24 extra hours and 500 more words.

I’m looking for two chief things in a candidate for 2012:

The temperament, judgment, deftness and largeness of spirit required in the presidential office; and The creativity and intellect to respond to the global economic crisis — a crisis threatening to actually get worse if (or when) the euro implodes.

Those conditions obviously and categorically exclude the clownish Herman Cain, the daffy Ron Paul, the dim Rick Perry and the firebrand congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

A step up from those four is former U.S. senator Rick Santorum. Santorum, who is the only candidate in the race to talk about the stagnation of wages and the slowing of upward mobility in the United States. Unfortunately, Santorum — a fierce social conservative — speaks for too narrow a slice of modern America. Santorum has also never held any administrative responsibility. It’s not enough for a president to say “do this” or “do that.” Issuing the orders is the easy part. The president must ensure that “this” and “that” actually happen. If you have never had such a responsibility before, the White House is a bad place to learn — as President Obama (who also lacked any prior administrative experience) proves on a daily basis.

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1 posted on 11/26/2011 5:41:48 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

THE MAIN POINT OF THE ARTICLE:

A Gingrich presidency, if such a thing can even be imagined, would be a chaotic catastrophe. A Gingrich nomination would yield an Obama landslide.

So that leaves us with the two governors, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Romney has the better record as an administrator. I still think that his Massachusetts health-care plan showed creative leadership on an important problem — even if he himself now declines to defend his own accomplishment.

Romney has spoken well and firmly about the need to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He has a keen understanding of the debt and financial problems of the U.S. and Europe.


2 posted on 11/26/2011 5:42:57 PM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
Above all, the GOP nominee must be a Mormon.

Because the media will have a whole lot of fun with that.

3 posted on 11/26/2011 5:44:48 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Roll the stone away, Let the guilty pay, It's Independence Day)
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To: SeekAndFind

IBTZ!

If you support Obama, just say so plainly. No need to hide behind the Romney cousins.


4 posted on 11/26/2011 5:46:18 PM PST by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What would one expect from a Cousin of Paul Krugman.


5 posted on 11/26/2011 5:47:22 PM PST by marty60
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To: SeekAndFind

The neocons are so opportunistic, laughably so. Frum, the man who helped give us the Iraq disaster, now intends to vote for a peacenik without even the hint of irony.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 5:47:49 PM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: SeekAndFind
David Frum: In the Republican race, it’s Romney, Huntsman or bust

In which case, Dave, I prefer bust:


7 posted on 11/26/2011 5:48:04 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: marty60

Actually Huntsman has some good ideas. The global warming nonsense is stupid, but he is better than Romney.


8 posted on 11/26/2011 5:48:18 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: SeekAndFind
The two WORST picks for Conservatism, and he thinks it's wonderful....

Romney-the-RINO and waffler will NEVER get my vote.

9 posted on 11/26/2011 5:48:40 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SeekAndFind
So that leaves us with the two governors, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.

What's Rick Perry? Oh right, Frum simply dismisses him as "dim." Because buying into global warming nonsense like Romney and Huntsman is smart.

10 posted on 11/26/2011 5:50:24 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And I should pay attn. to this loser ---why?

vaudine

11 posted on 11/26/2011 5:51:19 PM PST by vaudine
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To: GlockThe Vote

Huntsman is ok. But to me he is another political insider.

The big question for me is HOW did he get the high-profile Ambassadorship to China?


12 posted on 11/26/2011 5:52:42 PM PST by marty60
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve calculated, very “scientifically”, that between leftists, government employees, unionized employees, unionized goverment employees, the “green” industries, anarchists, environmentalists, women who want to be able to get an abortion (just in case), their boyfriends, students, professors, inmates, absentee ballots, well... a few other groups, I can’t list them all here, .... between all them and conservatives who realize that Romney isn’t conservative, that approximately 347 Republicans and 9 Democrats would vote for Romney in a general election. /sarc


13 posted on 11/26/2011 5:53:36 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bust


14 posted on 11/26/2011 5:55:51 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: GlockThe Vote

Posted here earlier today was an article that said Forbes picked Utah as the best state for business. The article was from a newspaper in Nevada - not happy with what dingy Harry has done for them.


15 posted on 11/26/2011 5:56:29 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: SeekAndFind

NO ROMNEY!


16 posted on 11/26/2011 5:56:37 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I have also been impressed by Huntsman (though his insider record under Obama makes me suspicious) and he was a far better governor than Romney and probably Rick “hate crimes” Perry. I’d pick him in heartbeat over Willard or Newt though none of the three can hold a candle to Paul.


17 posted on 11/26/2011 6:00:11 PM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: SeekAndFind

Then bust it is, chump.


18 posted on 11/26/2011 6:03:18 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Everone’s entitled to their opinion.
But Frum would quit the party if someone other than these two??? He might as will just tattoo RINO on his head.
This is just blatant “insider” desire to control the party. There’s no patriotism here, no desire to undo damage done, and certainly no positive vision for the future.
To dismiss Cain as a clown is disingenuous to say the least. Guess I’ve seen how successful we’ve been under the
guidance of professional politicians. And I cannot begin to mount an arguement to continue down that course.


19 posted on 11/26/2011 6:03:23 PM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: SeekAndFind

IOW, Frum has no use for conservatives.


20 posted on 11/26/2011 6:04:16 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: RichInOC

Wow ... you are GOOD


21 posted on 11/26/2011 6:04:38 PM PST by RainMan (Newt - An actual plan that solves illegals without amnesty, unlike your candidate. Gingrich/Palin)
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To: iowamark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frum

“Frum” can be used in a negative sense for: “hypocritically pious”, “holier-than-thou”, “sanctimonious”;


22 posted on 11/26/2011 6:05:53 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: SeekAndFind
"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]


23 posted on 11/26/2011 6:06:11 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

FUDF. 2012 is not the Year of the Mormons.


24 posted on 11/26/2011 6:07:02 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: marty60
Jon Huntsman’s love letters (to Obama)

Huntsman thought Obama’s stimulus plan wasn’t big enough


25 posted on 11/26/2011 6:09:23 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: marty60

Obama was scared of him and thought he better get hunts out of the way sooner rather than later.

Aside from the global warming BS, Hunts would obliterate Obama.


26 posted on 11/26/2011 6:14:44 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes I'm sure David "No labels" Frum("founding member"), covert liberal Palin basher who was twice fired by conservative organizations, has the republicans' best interest at heart.
27 posted on 11/26/2011 6:15:59 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

Either one of them would run the conservative movement of the tracks.


28 posted on 11/26/2011 6:18:50 PM PST by ully2
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To: GlockThe Vote

Oh I have know doubt about that. Obama will be lost when it comes to a REAL debate.

McCain didn’t even try to debate him.


29 posted on 11/26/2011 6:20:21 PM PST by marty60
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To: SeekAndFind

I vote for bust...


30 posted on 11/26/2011 6:20:51 PM PST by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: bossmechanic
Frum is no republican, and certainly no conservative. He didn't get fired from NR and AEI both because he was right on the issues. His tenure with Bush was brief. He didn't think much of his boss GW, but I guess a job is a job for the likes of Frum.

Guy's a lib, naturally he wants to rid the country of conservatives.

31 posted on 11/26/2011 6:21:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

No, seriously, guys, if it’s Romney v. Vanilla Romney...vote for whoever you want. We’re boned anyway.


32 posted on 11/26/2011 6:21:33 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: RichInOC

I wonder if Palin is wishing she had run at this point.


33 posted on 11/26/2011 6:23:46 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (I had considered voting for Gingrich... but on second thought ... it would not be "humane")
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To: GlockThe Vote
"Hunts?" Guy's your buddy right? I get it now. You don't hate Newt because you're an idiot, you hate him because you're a liberal asswipe. Glad you outed yourself.
34 posted on 11/26/2011 6:24:51 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

Huntsman is not worth the bucket of warm spit that I would give to Romney if he asked for water.


35 posted on 11/26/2011 6:27:04 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (I had considered voting for Gingrich... but on second thought ... it would not be "humane")
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To: hinckley buzzard

Easy there. I am voting for RP. I’m just saying the average idiot voter is not nearly as right wing as we are and a guy like huntsman has far more appeal than Newt or Perry.


36 posted on 11/26/2011 6:33:27 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: SeekAndFind

David Frum was once a bright light in the world of conservative punditry/thinking. Really. He wrote a fabulous history of the 1970s called “How We Got Here”.

Then, something happened. He got full of himself, perhaps, or he became ashamed of conservatism. Maybe someone spoke to him harshly or insulted him. I don’t know.

He has turned into a conservative who yearns, it seems, for liberal approval. He apparently wants to be the “conservative” the liberals ask to parties.


37 posted on 11/26/2011 6:35:07 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I’m sure Huckabee thinks the same thing. Palin is perfectly free to jump anytime she wants, albeit as a write-in candidate in the early primaries. I don’t think she would have to be a write-in in Iowa. Others have done it....but she wont’.


38 posted on 11/26/2011 6:35:34 PM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, uh, bye.


39 posted on 11/26/2011 6:35:57 PM PST by Sea Parrot (%)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

A conservative? Perhaps but he always a very statist one, perhaps along the lines Teddy Roosevelt.


40 posted on 11/26/2011 6:38:08 PM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: SeekAndFind

As my high school grandchildren would say....that article is just so gay.


41 posted on 11/26/2011 6:38:15 PM PST by goat granny
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To: vaudine

Exactly. These RINOs make Nelson Rockefeller look like a conservative.


42 posted on 11/26/2011 6:42:03 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Captain Kirk

Frum’s way to the left of Teddy Roosevelt.


43 posted on 11/26/2011 6:44:20 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

GFY Doofus, erh, Dayvuhd....

You are a dinasuar


44 posted on 11/26/2011 6:54:15 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anywaqq)
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To: RichInOC

SWEET!!!


45 posted on 11/26/2011 6:56:08 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anywaqq)
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To: marty60

His daddy and he is a waffler as well. Check out his daddys money. Trump would be proud. Sadly, he is not his fatther


46 posted on 11/26/2011 7:33:23 PM PST by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: SeekAndFind
Meet the new boss.


47 posted on 11/26/2011 7:36:48 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mormon fanboi?


49 posted on 11/26/2011 7:57:28 PM PST by Baladas
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet Frum voted for Obama.


50 posted on 11/26/2011 8:09:01 PM PST by MNnice
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