Will GOP listen to David Frum or stick with John Frum?*

*John Frum is a figure associated with cargo cults on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. He is often depicted as an American World War II serviceman who will bring wealth and prosperity to the people if they follow him.

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If you prefer text to video, I’ve linked below an excerpt of David Frum’s new ebook, Why Romney Lost (presumably, his ebook Why Romney Won will go to the same place as the losing team’s Super Bowl Champion T-shirts).
David Frum: How the GOP Got Stuck in the Past
The finger-pointing misses a bigger truth: Republicans have become estranged from modern America. Why fixating on the old glory days is bogging down the party’s future.

Comments

  1. The reason they lost is 1) that they believed in their own descriptions of Obama and Dems as socialists who just want free stuff. This made Dem’s mad and meant voters standing on 6 hour long lines if that’s what it took. And 2) their message was in-congruent – incongruency is confusing – and when someone is confused they go with the known thing (poker players call bluffs when something just doesn’t feel right – it doesn’t add up). For example, non-Fox watching independents could not understand why Romney was against Obamacare. Had he said “Obama tried my plan, but screwed it up, and here’s how I’m going to fix it as President” that would have made sense. But in the end almost nothing Romney said made sense unless you truly wanted to believe.

  2. Ross Douthat sees what’s going on.

    “No doubt a more moderate tone on immigration would help Republicans. But the idea of amnesty as a Latino-winning electoral silver bullet is a fantasy….
    What the party really needs, much more than a better identity-politics pitch, is an economic message that would appeal across demographic lines — reaching both downscale white voters turned off by Romney’s Bain Capital background and upwardly mobile Latino voters who don’t relate to the current G.O.P. fixation on upper-bracket tax cuts… The bad news is that unlike a pander on immigration, a new economic agenda probably wouldn’t be favorably received by the party’s big donors, who tend to be quite happy with the Republican Party’s current positioning.”
    http://http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/douthat-the-gops-demographic-excuse.html