David Frum announced in November 2011 that Mitt Romney or John Huntsmann must be the nominee, or Frum might leave the GOP:
Any other nominee would gravely test my commitment to the political party I’ve supported since I entered the United States as a college student in the fall of 1978.
Frum got the nominee he wanted, but what he wanted now wasn’t good enough for Frum:
The Mitt Romney who began seeking the presidency in the early 2000s—the savior of the 2002 Olympics, the author of Romneycare, the man who’d redirected Boston’s “Big Dig”—was exactly the candidate the Republican Party needed by 2012: competent, managerial, pragmatic. Unfortunately, in the interval, Romney had been refashioned into something very different—to the point where nobody knew really what he was; to the point where even he may no longer have known.
That lack of core conviction, that not knowing who he was, sounds like the conservative criticism of Romney against which Frum rebelled during the primaries.
How convenient that Frum now blames Romney’s electoral problems on conservatives:
The problem with the Republican leaders is that they’re cowards, not that they’re fundamentally mistaken. The real locus of the problem is the Republican activist base and the Republican donor base. They went apocalyptic over the past four years, and that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world.
Many of you will say, “Who cares what David Frum says?” That misses the point.
Frum is a tool the mainstream media uses to attack Republicans, because to Frum Republicans always are wrong, and conservatives always are to blame.
Even when Frum gets what he wants from the Republican Party, Republicans still are wrong and conservatives still are to blame.
Frum is an insatiable troll who spins a narrative of Republicans being wrong to justify his media punditry business.