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.
~ Politico.com 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
A damning look inside a faltering campaign, full of insider quotes (never a good sign). Rough start to Romney's week. dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm…— Sam Seaborn (@SamSeaborn) September 17, 2012
The number of quotes in this story is bad, bad news for the Romney campaign: dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm…— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 17, 2012
A Romney adviser tells me Stuart Stevens is safe. buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/r…— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) September 17, 2012
If Romney's self-described greatest skill is management, Politico's picture of his chaotic, back-stabbing, disorganized campaign is fatal.— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) September 17, 2012
Its probably the first time in history a campaign has been pronounced dead before the first debate. RIP Romney/Ryan ticket— techweenie (@techweenie) September 17, 2012
Romney's campaign is flush with cash, mismanaged and doomed. Perfect takeover target for Bain Capital.— Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) September 17, 2012
If the Romney campaign were the Salt Lake Olympics, they'd be calling Romney in to run it about now.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 17, 2012