Frum Blogs Romney’s “No Apology”

Romney’s 2012 Blueprint

Mitt Romney’s new book, No Apology, makes a very striking contrast with the most recent book entry by a potential Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. Palin’s subject is Palin: her wrongs and grievances. Unlike Palin, Romney cares about the external world. His book is an action plan, not a memoir.

Romney: Closet Realist?

Romney’s No Apology offers the reader a juicy hunk of foreign policy red meat, with attacks on President Obama as a denier of American greatness who anticipates and perhaps even welcomes American decline. But there are also interesting clues that Romney’s own policy preferences diverge somewhat from those of his red meat audience.

Romney’s Spotty Economic History

Like many conservatives, I have credited Romney with very sophisticated economic understanding, which makes the slapdash and often outright ignorant economic history propounded in Chapter 2 of No Apology surprising.

Romney’s Threat-Filled Worldview

In No Apology, Romney discusses national defense with greater depth than other issues, sounding the alarm on China’s military buildup and threats from Russia and Iran.

Romney’s Blank Slate Foreign Policy

In the foreign policy chapters of No Apology, Romney delivers remarkably few insights on America’s two shooting wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, suggesting that his own views on foreign and policy may be undeveloped.

Romney’s Anti-Populist Economics

When No Apology, turns to economic policy — for the first time in the book — the reader can hear Mitt Romney’s voice as he speaks out in favor of TARP, for government investment in basic research, and against those who’d penalize corporations that “send jobs overseas.”

Romney on Entitlements

In No Apology, Romney presents ultra-technocratic solutions for entitlement reform, arguing in favor of a phased in approach to personal retirement accounts and turning authority for Medicaid over to the states.

Romneycare Sure Looks Like Obamacare

Reading Romney’s No Apology it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that Obama and Romney have more in common with each other on the issue of healthcare reform than either does with his party’s more fervent supporters.

Romney’s Secret Passion

Graphs. I cannot remember seeing any in any previous presidential campaign book.

Defending Romney

I see from the Twitter traffic that these Romney readings are being picked up by people who dislike the former governor, from the right and from the left. Just to clarify: The middle chapters of No Apology are some of the most impressive ever to appear in a campaign book.

Romney’s Plan to Keep the Lights On

Like the rationalist he is, Romney prefers a revenue-neutral carbon tax to cap-and-trade. But even more interesting is the intelligent and frequently unconventional cast of mind revealed by Romney’s energy ideas.

Good-Romney on Labor Unions

In No Apology, Mitt Romney makes some comments you wouldn’t expect from him about labor unions and also delivers some pointed criticisms of poor corporate management.


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  • Carney

    I’ve finally gotten a chance to look at the book. The most maddening thing about it is that this very intelligent man falls prey to the muddled thinking and confusion that runs rampant in most discussions of energy policy.

    The worst example of this is when in talking about energy independence / energy security / how to get off foreign oil, or oil in general, people (as Romney does in the book) begin touting solar, wind, tidal, nuclear, and other ways of generating electricity. Obama and McCain had such an argument in 2008, touting solar and nuclear respectively, and making complete asses of themselves in the process, because:

    Unless you like in Hawaii, your electricity DOES NOT COME FROM OIL. 97% of electricity in the US comes from something other than oil (50% comes from coal, 20% each from nuclear and natural gas, 5% from hydro-electric dams, and 2% from all “green” sources – solar, wind, etc. – combined. ALL DOMESTIC.

    We are ALREADY energy independent when it comes to electricity Therefore the various forms of electric power generation, green or otherwise, are NOT alternatives to oil, only alternatives to each other.

    If you want to get off oil, stop yammering about stuff like solar, tidal, or geothermal that has nothing to do with oil.

    The source of our addiction to oil is NOT in electricity generation. It’s in TRANSPORTATION FUEL, where 97% (coincidentally) of all our cars are locked in to being able to use only petroleum-derived fuel – gasoline or petro-diesel.

    The best, cheapest, and easiest way to transition to something other than oil for our transportation fuel is to mandate that all new gasoline-burning cars sold in America be fully flex fueled — also able to use any alternate liquid fuel based on alcohol such as methanol or ethanol. For more, see

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