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Wonkbook: Romney campaign in disarray
WaPo ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 09/17/2012 6:10:05 AM PDT by upchuck

Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei reveal the disarray within the struggling Romney campaign: ”Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist, knew his candidate’s convention speech needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if he was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win... So 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..., scramble that would produce an hour of prime-time problems for Romney.”

The bottom line of the Politico story: ”Romney associates are baffled that such a successful corporate leader has created a team with so few lines of authority or accountability.” Romney’s mishandling of the Middle East crisis was driven by desperation. ”Suddenly, the president was facing just the kind of externality that his team had been bracing for: a full-blown ­foreign-policy crisis less than eight weeks out from Election Day. And a campaign marked by stasis and even torpor was jolted to life as if by a pair of defibrillator paddles applied squarely to its solar plexus. Moments like this are not uncommon in presidential elections, and when they come, they tend to matter. For unlike the posturing and platitudes that constitute the bulk of what occurs on the campaign trail, big external events provide voters with something authentic and valuable: a real-time test of the temperament, character, and instincts of the men who would be commander-in-chief. And when it comes to the past week, the divergence between the resulting report cards could hardly be more stark…Here was ­America under attack, with four dead on foreign soil. [snip]

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Don't ya just love it when a LSM outlet posts an excerpt from another LSM outlet. Perhaps Ezra Klein can't do better?
1 posted on 09/17/2012 6:10:08 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Rmney DID NOT mishandle the middle east crisis. Btw, Obama DID CAUSE the middle east crisis.

I HATE the mainstream media.


2 posted on 09/17/2012 6:12:19 AM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: upchuck

Ezra Klein and Dana Millbank have catfights to see which one can be 0bama’s Monica.


3 posted on 09/17/2012 6:12:32 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: upchuck

Shouldn’t that be “wankbook”?


4 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:43 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: upchuck

Ezra Klein, founder of Journolist, is at it again. Trying to create a narrative that Obama is ahead and Romney is in disarray and that the election is pretty much over. The article should have been entitled, “Go Home Conservatives, Romney Lost Already.”


5 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:33 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: upchuck

>> Romney’s mishandling of the Middle East crisis was driven by desperation.

The only thing setting this theme is the collusive behavior of the Mainstream Media.

America would do itself a great service by driving the figurative stake in the heart of deceitful Leftwing Media. No money, no Media.

We’re really not taking this problem seriously!


6 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:41 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: upchuck

Romney’s campaign is terrible.

they are doing a terrible job and he is acting like a complete wimp.

They need to get out in front today. Hire a new manager, who is going to take the lead, say the things Paul Ryan’s been saying, but not being heard because it is Ryan and not Romney, but today.

This morning.

Now.


7 posted on 09/17/2012 6:15:55 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck
Go read the article. Excerpt after excerpt slamming Romney.

Politico
New York Magazine
WaPo
WSJ
NYT
etc.

8 posted on 09/17/2012 6:16:12 AM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: stanne

How many Presidental (or any) campaigns have you run?


9 posted on 09/17/2012 6:17:16 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: upchuck

>> Don’t ya just love it when a LSM outlet posts an excerpt from another LSM outlet.

It’s telling that klein didn’t mention the ORIGIN of allen/vanderhei’s gauzy chaos claims: “unnamed sources within the Romney campaign”.


10 posted on 09/17/2012 6:17:23 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: upchuck

Ignore these outlets all you want, they are what the voters read.

Romney had better figure out how to deal with them immediately.

There is no more time left for him to act reticent.

Time’s up.

He needs to take the lead now, after the Mideast crisis, while it is smoldering.

Now.


11 posted on 09/17/2012 6:18:45 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck

Romney doesn’t strike me as a man with a high tolerance for “disarray.” He strikes me as a man who knows how to plan manage a project so that disarray is prevented.


12 posted on 09/17/2012 6:18:51 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: upchuck

If, in fact, the campaign is in ‘disarray,’ I can’t say I’m surprised. Romney is a moderate-to-liberal Republican, who has surrounded himself over the course of his political career with moderate-to-liberal advisors. Now, they have to figure out a way to appeal to (and motivate) a conservative base. That’s a tough task.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 6:19:00 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: upchuck

YES~! Romneys campaign is HORRIBLE

Obama has it in the bag!! No reason for Democraps to even go out to vote!!!

In fact, they expect so much Obama Support they added another day on Wednesday for Obama Voters. And you get some Free Obama Money if you show up to vote (only on Wednesday!)


14 posted on 09/17/2012 6:19:04 AM PDT by Mr. K (Reagan: “Washington is where good ideas go to die.”)
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To: upchuck

I swear I heard the whole entire week of the RNC that ROMNEY wrote the speech himself. 17 drafts last I heard before the final night tweaking it.


15 posted on 09/17/2012 6:19:26 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: upchuck

The lapdogs are dutifully donning their knee pads to expound on the meme set by Politico in their Sunday night article.

And the chicken littles on FR are predictably crying “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.”

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Go, Romney/Ryan!


16 posted on 09/17/2012 6:19:49 AM PDT by randita
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To: upchuck

Fact is, Obama’s foreign policy is in disarray, setting the entire world on edge, and not a peep.


17 posted on 09/17/2012 6:21:49 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (I'm starting a business. Who's going to build it for me?)
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To: Perdogg

I’d sure like to see Romney handle the media instead of it handling him.

Wouldn’t you?

Obama will move after the election very quickly whether he loses or not. I know this. The Romney campaign could show that they get what this guy is all about.

Not one thing would surprise me about Ob.

The time for them to quit pretending Ob is a nice guy is over - but way long ago.


18 posted on 09/17/2012 6:21:57 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck

I’ve read the whole original article and it does not even remotely depict a campaign in disaray.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 6:22:08 AM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: upchuck

Yes, it is the left trying onceg again to lie, cheat and do anything they can to keep BO in the Whit House!


20 posted on 09/17/2012 6:23:12 AM PDT by JFC
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To: upchuck

A continuation of a false narrative and portrayal that all is well for Team AnnointedIdiot and bad, bad for TeamRomneyPuff. =.=


21 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:24 AM PDT by cranked
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To: stanne

I guess the answer is zero.


22 posted on 09/17/2012 6:25:50 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg
Ezra Klein and Dana Millbank have catfights to see which one can be 0bama’s Monica.

Klein and Millbank have given thousands more lewinskys than the young, chubby jap whore that changed the slang for blowjob to lewinskys and made it easier for teenagers to justify oral sex {as if they needed to justify it, if it feels good, just do it}.

23 posted on 09/17/2012 6:27:10 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Rennes Templar

A United States ambassador was killed last week on Sept 11- dragged through the streets.

Romney says something and they attack HIM.

No response; this week the Obama camp is getting kudos for their foreign policy.

The DNC was touting foreign policy at their convention and not a peep about foreign policy at the GOP convention not even while active duty soldiers and marines are killed weekly oversees.

THe Romney camp needs a manager, but today, because they don’t have one.


24 posted on 09/17/2012 6:27:31 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck
Folks, even George Bush's 2000 winning campaign is in DISARRAY!

Issues 2000: A Bumpy Flight For Bush - TIME‎ TIME - Sep 4, 2000 George W. Bush's advisers had predicted Gore's surge; now they were ... Eager for a close race, the media seized on the admission as a sign of disarray. ...

… Buffalo News: FUROR OVER 'RATS' TAKES BUSH'S CAMPAIGN BY...‎ Buffalo News - Sep 13, 2000 George W. Bush set out Tuesday to talk about Medicare, but before he could even ... the pronunciation of "subliminal," adding to the impression of disarray. ...
25 posted on 09/17/2012 6:29:51 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Perdogg

Oh yes it is zero.

I have eyes and ears.

I don’t have any experience as an anti American operative, but I can see that coming from the Ob camp and from the media.

Romney is coming off as a wimp and he’d better get something going today.


26 posted on 09/17/2012 6:29:57 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

“I’d sure like to see Romney handle the media instead of it handling him.”

Get the twist out of your panties.

Romney smacked down the presstitutes at that press conference last week. The MSM with the help of some attention whore GOPers just went ahead and followed Team Kenyas talking points anyway.

It really matters little what Romney does at the point, he is going to be attacked from one direction or the other.


27 posted on 09/17/2012 6:33:53 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: upchuck

Amazing how. Ariations of the same headline hit all these different news sour es at the same time. /sarc.


28 posted on 09/17/2012 6:35:36 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: upchuck

The headline, “ROMNEY CAMPAIGN IN DISARRAY” is all it takes. Few will read the entirety, and most don’t care about the history of the author.

Back to the primaries, ask yourself the single one event during the debates that fired you up......that really got you excited and you will know who our candidate SHOULD HAVE BEEN. Romney IS doing a lousy job. He is like a robot, says nothing really. He is incapable of firing up the base, he is a horrible speaker and will be destroyed in the debates, he is fodder for the liberal media. Bain and his wealth was going to be the issue, a candidate tried to tell us, but he was shut down by the likes of Hume and friends at Fox. Coulter, Malkin, Levin, picked our candidate. They wanted Romney, someone who could beat Obama. Romney will stick us just like McCain
did, with Obama.


29 posted on 09/17/2012 6:39:06 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: stanne
LOL! And nothing will get lost in translation between the media and the consumer. You seem to be unaware of how the msm operates in this country.
30 posted on 09/17/2012 6:40:42 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: upchuck

I believe that is called a “DasiyChain” or “Circle Something” by the Progressive Liberal American Press.

One of the best books I have read analysing Media basis is Bob Kohn’s book “JOURNALISTIC FRAUD: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted”

It is kinda like book:
“The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage : The Official Style Guide Used by the Writers and Editors of the World’s Most Authoritative Newspaper”

except it is the manual the reporters/editors keep in the bottom drawer, underneath their Penthouse and Gay Magazines.


31 posted on 09/17/2012 6:42:41 AM PDT by BilLies (The Progressive Liberal American Press will be the death of freedom in this country.)
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To: lodi90

Foreign policy is not on his agenda. He hasn’t mentioned it. Not during the convention and just one paragraph since the events of last week.

Obama is favored for his foreign policy four days after his Secretary of State holds a dinner AT the State Dept. for the Libyans, from where our ambassador was killed four days prior, on the anniversary of sept 11, 20 (twenty) of our foreign embassies are experiencing revolt, an dthis is just to start, not mentioning these embassies have no real defense, there was advance notice of these uprisings, Ob and his team have not only ushered these people in, they are feted as we speak, as wonderful, while Ob rejects Netanyahu and Ob is considered better at foreig policy than Romney.

We haven’t heard from Romney on foreing policy and there are 6 weeks or so until the election.

His campaign is terrible.


32 posted on 09/17/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

What’s with the Haiku responses..ok let me try this

You are a troll

Here to stir up discontent

Breeding negativity while sitting around in stained underwear in Mom’s basement

You are like leaf without tree, bird without nest while wind blows along the tranquil lake....


33 posted on 09/17/2012 6:44:42 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: KansasGirl
Problem is the majority of the American voters will take this as gospel. Romney will drop further in the polls this week as this story will be repeated by the state run media.
34 posted on 09/17/2012 6:45:25 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: upchuck

Do not be ‘misled’.
This is ALL a part of Assholrod’s ‘demoralization’ strategy. Put out stories that indicate disarray, in the other guy’s campaign, publish polls showing him falling way behind, even though you oversample Dems by 50%.

I watched ABC evening news Friday and was astounded that they put out a ‘news’ story that began with ‘Romney’s poll numbers are crashing......”


35 posted on 09/17/2012 6:45:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: lodi90

“Get the twist out of your panties.”

Really?

That makes Romney’s campaign strong?

Offensive language is not helpful. Certainly not in this situation.

There’s not a lot of time and Romney should be way out by now, handling the media or ignoring them.

He agrees to do his debates in their arena.

How’s that going to go for him?


36 posted on 09/17/2012 6:46:53 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck

White House talking points without an ounce of evidence

I bet its the Obama campaign thats in trouble


37 posted on 09/17/2012 6:47:08 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Romneys’ campaign is horrible. I am going to vote for him over anything period.

But to say I am enthusiastic? No way. Why is he even running?


38 posted on 09/17/2012 6:48:24 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: upchuck

Oh, WaPo...
Romney campaign can’t decide between decaf and hi test...
Campaign in total disarray!


39 posted on 09/17/2012 6:48:28 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Mase

Ah, no.

Romney is unaware of ho the media operates.

Most voters are uninformed headline readers.

A vast amount of voters don’t want what’s best for the country, just what it can and will seemingly do for them.

Romney can get in front of this or not.

But he is not out in front.


40 posted on 09/17/2012 6:49:27 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck

If I didn’t know any better, looking at that list, I’d think there was a coordinated effort by the MSM to deflect analysis of Obama’s failed handling of the radical Islamists real crisis by making up a Mitt Romney faux crisis.


41 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:19 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: pburgh01

I want Romney to win this election.

I’d like to see him look like he wants to win.

I am no troll.


42 posted on 09/17/2012 6:51:13 AM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

I bet barry odumbo wish his campaign was in such disarray. He would be up in the polls(real turnouts on this planet) and have a double digit lead with indies


43 posted on 09/17/2012 6:51:27 AM PDT by italianquaker ( 17 percent of the tea partiers support barry obama, the fox poll said so lol)
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To: upchuck

Nice try but no cigar, fellas. It’s the 0bungle camp that’s scrambling. Heh heh heh.


44 posted on 09/17/2012 6:52:41 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I will have no problem voting for Romney. I can see through what the media is trying to do, but Romney is not handling them at all.


45 posted on 09/17/2012 6:52:53 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Rennes Templar
Fact is, Obama’s foreign policy is in disarray, setting the entire world on edge, and not a peep.

Exactly. Romney’s Obama's mishandling of the Middle East crisis was driven by desperation.

"The movie caused this, the movie caused this!"

The brutal assassination of Ambassador Stevens and associates on September 11th was simply an incomprehensible incident of "senseless violence"./s

46 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:09 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: CaptainK

Ah, yeah.


47 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:49 AM PDT by stanne
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To: upchuck

Does it matter even if it’s true? No... Obama’s going to lose by a landslide.


48 posted on 09/17/2012 6:54:50 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: stanne

Are you twelve? Do yo believe everything you read? Use your own brain...


49 posted on 09/17/2012 6:56:20 AM PDT by sissyjane
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To: stanne

Are you twelve? Do you believe everything you read? Use your own brain...


50 posted on 09/17/2012 6:56:39 AM PDT by sissyjane
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