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February 25, 2013 - 12:39 pm

It’s politics 101 that you should know your enemy before going into battle. You have to know your opposition in the other party and the media too. Mitt Romney had virtually unlimited money at his disposal when he chose to run for president, and could have hired almost any political talent he wanted. He chose Stuart Stevens to be his chief strategist. Stevens appeared on Howard Kurtz’s show over the weekend, and demonstrated that he didn’t know the first thing about who his enemy really was during the campaign.

KURTZ: Do you believe today that much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama?

STEVENS: Oh, it’s — it’s not a yes or a no question. In the tank, I would say no. So, yes or no question? I would say no.

KURTZ: Too favorable to the president, too sympathetic to the president? How would you put it?

STEVENS: I think after that the election, you’re going to have a lot tougher questions that are going to be asked because you’re out of an election environment. I think you’re seeing that this past weekend with this whole golf outing.

After the election, the “tough questions” matter a whole lot less.

With all due respect, Mitt Romney is a smart man but he hired a fool to be his chief strategist.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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That just confirms that the people behind the GOP throne are clueless morons.

Also: Romney was one of the biggest RINOs out there and turned off the base and moderates. It also didn't help that after the election he said that he never wanted to be president in the first place. Next time they should find someone who is markedly different from the Democrat and actually wants the job.
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I am becoming more convinced every day that most of the GOP consultant class fall into the category of "low-information voters." Same with many of their clients.
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I guess political candidates are like start-up companies. If you've raised lots and lots of money, you can spend it all and believe that you're selling a good product, even if the customers aren't buying. Then you tank.
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For a former CEO, Mr. Romney forgot one of the most basic principles of the Marketing Concept; You can have the best product available but unless you have the right salespeople out there selling it, it will remain in the warehouse. Pardon my "French" but what he had out there working for him could not sell "hookers" to a troop ship. Sorry.
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I now believe Romney's son's assertion that the former presidential candidate was not serious about winning the 2012 election more than ever. Sheesh. His roof-riding doggy could probably do a better job as an adviser.
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Wasn't he heavily involved in the McCain campaign too? Seems to me I remember something about him being involved int he decision to muzzle Sarah during that fiasco.
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"KURTZ: Do you believe today that much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama?
STEVENS: Oh, it’s — it’s not a yes or a no question. In the tank, I would say no. So, yes or no question? I would say no."

It's okay, Stuart, you can admit it. SNL even did a skit on it and you're not in an election environment now.
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This the person with whom Romney felt most comfortable. He probably reflects Romney's own take. So, like McCain, Romney would have been marginally better than Obama for the country but a likely disaster for the GOP. The national GOP has been little more than a catastrophe, except for brief periods, for most of 70 years. Stevens is not much of a surprise in that context.
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