Skip to comments.David Frum: In the Republican race, itís Romney, Huntsman or bust
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.
Im 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. Its 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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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 Irans nuclear weapons program. He has a keen understanding of the debt and financial problems of the U.S. and Europe.
Because the media will have a whole lot of fun with that.
If you support Obama, just say so plainly. No need to hide behind the Romney cousins.
What would one expect from a Cousin of Paul Krugman.
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.
In which case, Dave, I prefer bust:
Actually Huntsman has some good ideas. The global warming nonsense is stupid, but he is better than Romney.
Romney-the-RINO and waffler will NEVER get my vote.
What's Rick Perry? Oh right, Frum simply dismisses him as "dim." Because buying into global warming nonsense like Romney and Huntsman is smart.
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?
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
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.
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.
Then bust it is, chump.
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.
IOW, Frum has no use for conservatives.
Wow ... you are GOOD
“Frum” can be used in a negative sense for: “hypocritically pious”, “holier-than-thou”, “sanctimonious”;
FUDF. 2012 is not the Year of the Mormons.
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.
Either one of them would run the conservative movement of the tracks.
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.
I vote for bust...
Guy's a lib, naturally he wants to rid the country of conservatives.
No, seriously, guys, if it’s Romney v. Vanilla Romney...vote for whoever you want. We’re boned anyway.
I wonder if Palin is wishing she had run at this point.
Huntsman is not worth the bucket of warm spit that I would give to Romney if he asked for water.
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.
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.
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’.
Well, uh, bye.
A conservative? Perhaps but he always a very statist one, perhaps along the lines Teddy Roosevelt.
As my high school grandchildren would say....that article is just so gay.
Exactly. These RINOs make Nelson Rockefeller look like a conservative.
Frum’s way to the left of Teddy Roosevelt.
GFY Doofus, erh, Dayvuhd....
You are a dinasuar
His daddy and he is a waffler as well. Check out his daddys money. Trump would be proud. Sadly, he is not his fatther
I bet Frum voted for Obama.