Monday, September 17, 2012

Romney Camp Chaos as Insiders Diss Stuart Stevens


I'm willing to bet that Boston is right now a cesspool of finger pointing, ass covering, backstabbing, and infighting. The responsibility for which, inevitably, must land in the hands of the nominee himself. If he can't effectively run his own campaign for president, he certainly isn't qualified to be the president.
~ Brooklynbadboy on Daily Kos

Like all campaigns, we have good days and bad days. I’m happy to take responsibility for the bad days. This is a tremendously talented team.
~ Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist and focus of Politico article about campaign confusion

As mishaps have piled up, Stevens has taken the brunt of the blame for an unwieldy campaign structure that, as the joke goes among frustrated Republicans, badly needs a consultant from Bain & Co. to straighten it out.
. . . A mad-professor aura, combined with post-midnight calls to sleeping senior staffers, have led some colleagues to express increasing concern about what the campaign is doing to Stevens — and what Stevens is doing to the campaign.
~ in their expose called "Inside the Campaign: How Mitt Romney Stumbled"


Stevens, bypassing the speechwriting staff at the campaign’s Boston headquarters, assigned the sensitive task of drafting it to Peter Wehner, a veteran of the last three Republican White Houses and one of the party’s smarter wordsmiths.

Not a word Wehner wrote was ever spoken.

Stevens junked the entire thing, setting off a chaotic, eight-day scramble that would produce an hour of prime-time problems for Romney, including Clint Eastwood’s meandering monologue to an empty chair.

Mitt is a sticker — he stays with you. He had a reputation at Bain for sticking with people. They made a bad investment, he hung with them. … None of this is going to be fixed. This is the organization, and this is who Mitt is betting on to win. There aren’t going to be further changes.
~ An unnamed "Romney Official" who spoke to Politico

Several . . . Republican operatives, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid angering Romney, said that Stevens is a brilliant ad man but he is light on policy and may not have the background to be a campaign’s chief decision-maker, the role he plays for Romney.
~ From National Journal: "A Wild Manager for a Disciplined Campaign"

Please. Stuart Stevens can't make or break the Romney campaign any more than he can control the weather or shoot lightning from his fingertips.
The GOP can't figure out how to bridge their angry, white, and totally-nutso base with America's undecided voters. McCain's strategy was Palin, obviously a failure, and Romney's is Ryan. Ryan isn't a babbling idiot, but his ideology scares people, and it's shifted FL OH and CO to the President.
Lindsey Graham got it right: the GOP doesn't have enough angry white guys to win.
~ comment by GraduatedAmbition on New York Magazine

In the la-la land where adviser Stuart Stevens presides, Mr. Romney wins by never saying a single thing, ever, that might rock a single boat, ever. Just keep the focus on Mr. Obama. After all, no president has ever won with an economy like this.
One problem: Mr. Obama is winning. . . .
~ Kimberley Strassel on Wall Street Journal

If the Romney campaign was a diaper, it would need to be changed right about now.
~ comment by Bill T. on Raw Story

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