David Frum is urging "real" conservatives to urge Mitt Romney to declare what the former are sure to declare--after the election--was the "winning" ultraconservative message that the losing Mitt Romney would have otherwise won with:
YES I will cut taxes for the rich, YES I will cut Medicaid, YES I will reinvent Medicare as a voucher system, YES I will favor a human life amendment to ban abortion in all cases, YES I believe it's a major priority to reverse same-sex marriage, YES i was right to say let the auto industry go bankrupt, NO I don't believe in global warming, NO I don't think it's important we cover the uninsured, NO I think we have enough immigrants already, NO I won't withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, NO I don't think we should provide the existing level of food stamps and income support to the unemployed, etc. etc. etc.
Frum is correct. Contemporary "conservatives" aren't merely gutless. They're a fraud. Braying that their message is the message of real America, conservatives bang their radical drums and toot their extremist horns right up until election time, at which point they slam on the moderate brakes. Afterward, assuming their candidate loses--and Romney will--they once again strike up the radical band and blast that tired old chestnut: Our guy lost only because he wasn't conservative enough.
Well, boys and girls, as Frum says, Here is your message and now is your chance.