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David Frum: Blame Fox News for Romney's Loss
David Frum appeared on Morning Joe yesterday and blasted what he called the "conservative entertainment complex" that has "fleeced and exploited and lied to" Republicans.
The problem with 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... Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.
...Because of that... (they) are so mistaken about the nature of the problems the country faces... What happened to Mitt Romney was he was twisted into pretzels. The people who put cement shoes on his feet are now blaming him for sinking.
What Frum was presumably alluding to was the fact that outlets like Fox and talk radio focused on inflaming over birth certificates and Sandra Fluke and "You didn't build that," while the real issues such as taxes, the deficit and social programs became obscured.
Joe Scarborough got his two cents in, too:
And he (Romney) would never stand up to the most extreme voices... Conservatives have been lied to... by people engaging in niche marketing and made tens of millions of dollars engaging in niche marketing. And I'm a capitalist. God bless 'em, they can do whatever they want to do. But that's not an electoral strategy. That's a business strategy for them.
I'm sure Fox Newsies will jump all over David Frum as an elitist RINO but I think conservatives ignore his comments at their own peril.