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Can David Frum single-handedly make the Republican Party more moderate?

by Patt Morrison

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David Frum on Meet the Press Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Probably not, at least not based on what’s happened in the aftermath of David Frum’s comments on the health care reform debate. As far back as summer of 2009 Frum, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, challenged certain Republican tactics in opposing health care and other Democratic initiatives. As healthcare reform crept closer to reality Frum again warned that the promised “Waterloo” defeat of the national health bill would actually be a defeat for Republicans—Frum wrote, “For them [conservative media broadcasters], it's mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it's Waterloo all right: ours.” For “betraying” the Republican cause Frum was forced out of his scholar position at the American Enterprise Institute and roundly criticized by conservatives. Is it possible to drag the conservative movement into more moderate territory, and can Frum pull it off?

Guest:

David Frum, founder & editor of the political blog FrumForum.com; former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush

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