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WHY ROMNEY LOST is a forthright analysis that offers a bold, hopeful plan for Republican success in the years ahead. David Frum urges a Republican party that is culturally modern, economically inclusive, and environmentally responsible - a party that can meet the challenges of the Obama years and lead a diverse America to a new age of freedom and prosperity....

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  • Heather in FL
    2019-05-03 16:18

    A very interesting essay on why Romney lost when everyone around him was so absolutely sure he'd win the election. It was nice to see a moderate Republican call out the Republican party that has changed so much ideologically within recent memory. I liked that he pointed out that the Republicans really need to make an effort to compromise in the upcoming term... that the debt ceiling crisis was created by the Republicans as a way for them to force their will, and that the upcoming "fiscal cliff" was manufactured as well because they were absolutely sure there would be a Republican in office by now. It appears that the author is suggesting that the Republican party return to a more central stance. Certainly not full center, but definitely left of the right where they have been. It was also very interesting for a Republican to say that Fox News and conservative talk radio are doing their fans a grave disservice by either outright lying to them or omitting pertinent facts. Even the so-called "liberal" news media gives more correct information than Fox. I hope the Republican party takes to heart the results of this election. What they're doing is not working for the majority of Americans. If they want to stay relevant (even Fox News is talking about the changing demographics of the nation), they need to find a way to change with the times. That is not to say that they need to just say what the majority of Americans want to hear (that didn't work for Mitt), because it's likely that such an about-face would be insincere and the American public can figure that out. But a real shift in their most provocative policies is needed or they won't get the majority of the vote. Oh, and I *loved* it when he wrote:Women as equal participants in the workplace and possessing autonomy of their bodies: this is a social change that has already happened and will not be rolled back. The same is true for nonwhites who have gained their place in the national story and for gays living unashamed and unafraid. Perhaps there are people who still want to argue against these social transformations. Their place is writing in small journals of cultural critical or niche websites, not running for office as the candidates of a great modern party.

  • Marvin
    2019-05-07 16:35

    This short book was recommended by CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria on his weekly TV show, GPS. It may be the best single summary of why Romney lost in 2012. The most important thing is that this book is written by a staunch if moderately-to-the-right Republican strategist. He saw that Romney would lose the election a month or so before, while other Republican predicted victory, and started putting his thoughts on paper, which explains why this little tome came out so quickly. More importantly, he is right on track. While Romney complains that he lost because Obama gave the 47 percent "gift", Frum discusses how the Republican party lost the middle class and strayed from their more inclusive policies of the 80s' and 90s. This is not a wild eyed gloat by a democrat but someone who is truly worried that his party will no longer be taken seriously by the American public. And judging by the way this new year has started with the GOP sticking to Fiscal Cliff hostage taking and catering to the NRA lobbyists, I'm afraid he may be right.

  • Melissa Acuna
    2019-05-16 20:21

    While this book could use with more examples and "scaffolding" to support the major talking points, it's still should be required reading for progressives and conservatives. Frum is able to make an intellectual, factual, non-hysterical assessment of the state of the GOP and what it will take to save the party. The author also makes a cogent argument for what is NOT to like about Obama's policies, and none of it includes where he was born, socialism or any other right-wing conspiracy theory and rightly assesses that the reason the GOP couldn't beat Obama is because they didn't know Obama. He discusses the alternative knowledge system created and sustained by right-wing blogs and Fox news and he acknowledges the hypocrisy of the pro-life movement's obsession with the unborn and the lack of interest in children born into poverty. I'm giving this book as a Christmas present to all of my conservative family and friends so that they can understand why I've voted for the Democratic nominee for the last three elections.

  • Greg
    2019-04-28 18:17

    A thoughtful, well-written and compelling piece explaining all the reasons as a Republican, I want to disassociate myself from the current Republican Party. Frum shows how after the loss in 2008, the GOP collapsed in on its standby values, and the Tea Party was born. Lot of good that dogma got us. It's a party that's quickly losing relevance. Frum shows what it needs to shed and what it needs to embrace to keep that trend barreling into an obsolete club for old white men.

  • Lynn Green
    2019-05-09 16:25

    I hope that Republicans don't take Frum's analysis of the Romney/Republican campaign seriously because his criticisms are spot on. He notes that Republicans are living in an echo chamber taking everything Fox News says about the American people and party politics seriously. That's why Romney, Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, et al were so "shocked, shocked" by Obama's rather quick an easy victory on November 6th. Frum is a Republican who truly wants to help his party gain power, but the way they are doing it now simply is not working.

  • Andie
    2019-05-26 21:41

    This is a very short (sixty-odd pages) e-book that was rushed to publication immediately after the 2012 Presidential election. Former George W. Bush speechwriter, David Frum, outlines his reasons why Mitt Romney lost the election to Barack Obama, mainly blaming the Republican party's anti-immigrant stance and right-wing policies on social issues with special blame being assigned to FOX News and radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh.This book was done way too quickly to have any real analytical merit. However, it does give Democrats some good talking points when arguing with Republicans.

  • John
    2019-05-17 23:20

    Interesting rant about the failed ideological anger of the conservative entertainment industry and how it has undermined and alienated most of America. While Frum stops short of naming names and totally leveling the critique, instead offering up a sort of conservative stream of consciousness that pleads for a return to the halcyon days before 2008. The root cause is old people, white people, and the Tea Party's uncompromising stagnation. Interesting little article/ebook and incredibly even handed, despite his own disappointment and justified anger at the state of his beloved GOP.

  • Christopher
    2019-05-15 16:42

    A fairly rational Republican look at why Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election. Frum makes a cogent argument that Mitt Romney is a capable and effective administrator who was a political moderate but had to tack so far right to win the nomination he was never able to regain the middle.

  • Lissshew
    2019-05-14 23:17

    Before beginning a book review on politics, it’s only fair to lay my cards on the table:- I am a left leaning independent, definitely not a Democrat- I live on the West Coast, and have very few true conservatives around me to engage in a civilized discussion about politics - I have always voted for the Democratic Presidential campaign, because I just can’t get my head around the Republican party’s stance on social issues- I also understand that Fox News is not the voice of every Conservative. But, I do hear the sound bites repeated often, and confidently, by conservatives in political chatsAll that said, I thought this was a very interesting book. It’s a quick hour long read.Frum addresses all of the things I thought were obvious from the start: Mitt transforming himself from a skilled business leader/talented governor/2002 Olympics Savior, to becoming (and I quote Jon Stewart here) “the cartoon rich guy talking about cartoon poor people” with his 47% comments. His choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate. His 5 point plan that never had many specifics. Backing away from a great example of healthcare reform in Massachusetts. And the mention of “rape” way too many times by way too many candidates. No wonder the ladies were scared away! I never took issue with Romney’s social awkwardness, or the fact he was a Latter Day Saint. Really smart people are awkward, and I want a smart guy to run this country. And I would never use someone’s religion, any religion or lack thereof, as to why they shouldn’t be in office. That said, Romney proved time and time again he was very out of touch with everyday America. But he’s hardly alone in Washington circles.This book wasn’t really about Romney, per se, it was about the gears of the Republican machine jamming up. Their strategy of disassociating from GW Bush by going even further right will continue to backfire unless they come back to a more moderate stance on some key issues. The need to stop living in Reagen's 80s and come up with modern solutions. Frum puts some hard facts and unflappable statistics on the table, and asks the GOP some tough questions. I asked myself some tough questions. I loved a piece where he debates how we aren’t “losing our freedom” at all, quite the opposite from even 10-15 years ago. It’s nice to see there has been a lot of progress in a time when things seem so stagnant and FUBAR.Frum paints a very unflattering picture of the party’s base -- one that’s not working in dynamic and growing industries, has low levels of education, is not racially diverse, and isn’t financially secure. But, having read this book, I better understand their frustrations, and how their anger has been misdirected at the urging of the “conservative entertainment complex”. They have the same frustrations all of us do, but they are terribly ill informed and the candidates know it. (It reminded me of the exchange that John McCain had on the campaign trail in 2008, when a woman that called Obama “an Arab”, and McCain winced and corrected her with a pained look on his face.) The party is starved for some intellectual leadership, instead of calling people who went to college "snobs" and highlighting one's ignorance as "authenticity" and being a "real American."It was also refreshing to hear legitimate, articulate reasons why Conservatives don’t like Obama’s policies beyond “he’s a socialist” or “where’s his birth certificate?” There’s so much noise by the aforementioned base - it drowns out legitimate criticism of his policies and the concerns of his FDR type government expansion.And after reading Amazon’s one-star-reviews, it seems Frum’s message won’t be considered by the extremists he condones. But I do hope it changes some minds, so people like me can have other options to consider in future Presidential elections.

  • Ryan
    2019-04-28 21:15

    David Frum is a much-needed voice for conservatism in America. He started writing Why Romney Lost six weeks prior to the 2012 election, knowing that his Republican party had already lost, and more importantly knowing why it had lost.The remarkable thing about this book — really more of an elongated magazine article — is that it simultaneously acts as a manifesto and rallying cry for how things could be different for conservatives going forward, as well as a clear case for why liberal people should consider the brand of conservatism for which Frum advocates. There has been a lot of brash outrage or embarrassed navel-gazing among conservatives since the election, yet this book is neither: it is smart, proud, and to-the-point, making a specific and pointed case for how American conservatism can more forward and how it can actually take a true leadership role again in our country.I wouldn't necessarily vote for the party that Frum envisions, but I sure would be glad if it existed. Frum accurately claims that the Republican party is "becoming increasingly isolated and estranged from modern America." In this book, he offers the party and conservative movement a way forward. Recommended.

  • Rod Dunsmore
    2019-05-11 22:27

    interesting book if you are a conservative. Explains why our prescriptions for the modern problems are increasingly irrelevant to many in the voter base. Explains how Reaganism was brilliant for the problems facing their day and age (91% tax bracket for the wealthy, inflation in double digits, regulations on pricing for many industries, etc), but tax-cutting is not always a good prescription -- we should be for smaller government and fiscal responsibility, but know when it's appropriate to cut taxes and when it's appropriate to raise them -- note Reagan raised taxes 11 times after initial tax cut.He has some views I don't agree with but are interesting. Notably abortion. He explains that there has been 388 laws recorded at the fed and state level restricting the procedures, and now 87% of american counties do not have an abortion clinic. Abortion rates have been dropping for a while and abortion-for-convenience is a very small percentage of abortions. It's usually now due to economic distress. He does not advocate removing abortion from the platform, but de-prioritizing it.In the end, it's clear that Frum is a neo-con and this is a pretty interesting read to delve into their take on the way forward.

  • Beth
    2019-05-24 20:12

    This was a Kindle single from Republican journalist David Frum. While I disagree with Frum's promotion of conservative politics, I've always found him to be fair, and willing to criticize his own party for stupid mistakes. He gets a wee bit snarky on his Obama criticisms, but he doesn't hold back when it comes to calling out his own party for its shortcomings. It's hard to argue that they've got a real problem with women, minorities, gays, and the poor. Frum makes a good argument that in order to survive, Republicans must modify their thinking on these groups and work on being a more inclusive party.Frum has taken a lot of flak from his own party as some sort of "traitor" to the Republican cause, so I think it's a safe bet that they won't pay attention to his ideas here. A quick read with no real revelations for anyone who is paying attention to politics.

  • Charles Baker
    2019-05-10 19:42

    I think every person eligible to vote in the USA should be required to read this book. You may not agree with all of Forum's conclusions or characterizations, I certainly do not, but even so you will find this to be a startlingly clear eyed, unflinchingly honest look at politics in the modern USA. Only with such honesty, open mindedness and willingness to compromise will we be able to make progress and leave a better country and world for our descendants than we were given. BTW, I am neither conservative nor Republican.

  • Nancy Dryden
    2019-05-26 19:29

    In this book, Canadian-born conservative pundit David Frum outlines his take on the reasons for the Republican losses in the US elections of 2012, and makes policy recommendations for the future. Rather than focusing on many of the specifics of the Romney campaign, he focuses on what he sees as the shortcomings of the Republican Party in light of the changing demographics of the US. This is a short book, which I read in about an hour, and it is an inexpensive one ($3.99 on Kindle). But, in my view, Frum has some important things to say, and he says them well.

  • Mark
    2019-04-29 22:22

    Great read. I often lament the fact that there are no more William F. Buckleys left in the Republican party. Sadly, well thought out arguments and rational discussion are no longer welcome within the modern day GOP's cynical, petulant & dystopian framework. David Frum may perhaps be the last rational GOP pundit left standing. Sadly, the people who need to read this book the most (ie - members of his own party) either won't bother, or will while simultaneously dismissing Mr. Frum as a "liberal traitor". Their loss. Nay, the country's loss.

  • Leslie Rawls
    2019-05-03 23:35

    I am a staunch Democrat and find this book fascinating, inspiring, and thought-provoking. It makes me think we Americans are not so far apart that we shouldn't be able to offer each other civility and respect. A surprise read for me. And an Independent friend who read it said Frum's views are fringe Republican, more Democrat.

  • Duane
    2019-05-01 18:17

    This honest & clearly-written post-mortem will be valuable reading for anyone truly surprised by the results of the 2012 presidential election. Many of the GOP's wounds were self-inflicted, and the author is right to point out that it's possible to apply core conservative principles (freedom, personal responsibility) to policy without alienating large swaths of the population.

  • Russ Skinner
    2019-05-07 19:42

    An excellent quick read. I don't agree with all of Frum's points, but his is a voice worth paying attention to. (Those comments were made in January 2013; re-reading in August 2014, I would be more critical.)

  • Joseph
    2019-05-09 17:41

    Frum make a good argument as to why the GOP lost the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and how the party must grow and rejoin modernity in order to stay relevant. I'm not sure anyone is listening, however, 2 years later.

  • Claudia
    2019-05-19 20:30

    Interesting commentary by a Republican writer. Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan need to read this, instead of making excuses. That political pendulum will smack us all sooner or later.

  • Michael Diamond
    2019-05-20 17:26

    It's a good point of analysis. A quick, informative read.

  • Mike
    2019-05-19 23:26

    Book (if you can call it that) was a total waste of time. Written by a neocon to make us democrats feel good.

  • Brian
    2019-05-20 20:36

    A decent read, Frum is a strong writer with ideas that the GOP should embrace if it wants to emerge from its current dark age.

  • Julia Shay
    2019-05-07 19:27

    Well articulated analysis of the latest election and where the GOP is headed if they keep using the right wing news shows and talk shows as their only source of information.

  • Joan
    2019-05-18 21:14

    My ebook was missing the last couple of pages, so I don't know Mr. Frum's conclusion. I assume he had one.

  • Mike
    2019-05-07 16:14

    Fantastic look into the GOP's problems from a GOP member.

  • Laura
    2019-05-24 19:21

    Really probably 3 1/2 stars. Interesting read, with plenty of excellent points.

  • Adam
    2019-05-08 16:27

    Still relevant four years later.

  • Ray Obenza
    2019-05-08 20:15

    Read this and Victory Lab

  • Sklape
    2019-05-16 16:19

    Great book by a republican that looks at Romney's flawed campaign and the impact of the conservative entertainment complex that feeds on misinformation and fear. Worth the read.