Why Romney Lost - David Frum 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.