Skip to comments.Conservatives warning Mitt he will lose if he doesn’t change campaign
Posted on 09/19/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by servo1969
A growing chorus of conservatives are telling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he must immediately make changes to his campaign or he will lose.
The decision not to define Romney, but to attack Obama over the spring and summer was a huge, strategic mistake, a Republican strategist with knowledge of the inner-workings of the campaign told The Daily Caller in an interview. The assumption that the race for presidential election defaults in a bad economy to the challenger is wrong.
But aside from the recent spate in hiccups that give the media and the Democrats reason to hammer Romney on a daily basis from his convention speech that didnt mention Afghanistan to his quick political response to the attacks last week on American diplomats conservatives are pointing to a larger problem: Romney, they argue, is not clearly laying out a specific rationale for why he should be president other than that hes not Barack Obama.
They appear to be realizing right now what many of us having been saying for months: Not being Obama is not enough to get you elected, said a long-time conservative operative who previously worked on a rival presidential campaign. You have to believe in something and give people a reason to support you rather than just oppose the other guy.
The grumbling about Romneys campaign among conservatives is also airing out in public by prominent opinion makers.
Its time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
Its not big, its not brave, its not thoughtfully tackling great issues, Noonan writes. Its always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change.
In light of the now famous video of Romney saying he wont be able to count on the support of the 47 percent of Americans who are dependant on government, others are arguing Romney should use the leak to double down and argue the same points loudly and often and without embarrassment.
Were all too well acquainted with the cowardly instincts of his campaign staff, as well as with their ineptitude, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel of Daily Caller write. But he has no choice. There can be no needle threading. He said it. He can either explain it and run on it, or he can lose because of it.
In recent days, a scapegoat has been made of Romney senior adviser Stuart Stevens, who oversees the campaigns strategy and who worked with the candidate on his convention speech.
Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState who is plugged in with conservative activists, told TheDC he doesnt know Stevens personally, but hes heard complaints among conservatives about him.
The conservatives are particularly distrustful because they see him as a poll driven guy telling him what to do as opposed to using polls to sell what he already wants to do, Erickson told TheDC.
According to one source with knowledge of the campaign operation, Its a much more dysfunctional environment than you know is really reported on Its also a campaign that doesnt ever reach out to anyone, including people whove done this stuff successfully before.
The Republican said Stevens and Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades are known to have tension and Stevens relationships with many in GOP politics are generally poor.
Hes a guy who [thinks] everyones an idiot but him, the operative said.
But Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who once worked for Romney, said he wouldnt overestimate the conflict in Romneyworld.
Castellanos told TheDC last week that hes not the biggest fan of everybody up there but when I went up to see them not long ago, Ill admit I found a surprisingly efficient and well-functioning campaign.
Doors were open, not closed, a sign of an well-run and focused campaign, not one hobbled by closed-door conspiracies, he said.
People should remember that this Romney team has been through a ton of battles together, the strategist said. They have gelled. I think they are focused on winning this thing.
Romneys campaign appears to be aware of the criticism. In a conference call this week, adviser Ed Gillespie told reporters that the campaign plans to start getting more specific on its policy proposals.
We are looking forward to this new emphasis and renewed emphasis, Gillespie said.
We think people will be appreciative to hear some of those kinds of specifics
A lot of those voters who are in the middle and truly independent, undecided, are looking for information now, he said.
What a load this piece is .
Peggy Noonan and Erik Erickson from
That tired blog are considered the big concerned conservatives now !
Wow in what universe does this writer exist .
And on top of that, they couldn’t just write a letter to Romney if they are so concerned.
NOOOO they go blab to some MSM media whore.
Whatever it takes, win.
Obamugabe ought to be attacked...he sucks.
But Romney also must be like Reagan: project a happy future, lay out two or three things to do.
Romney, to his credit, has done that—it just hasn’t been given attention. A greater focus and emphasis must be given.
There are articles like this for every single Republican candidate going back to Lincoln, most likely.
The usual crap.
When did Romney attack Obama???? I've not even seen a Romney ad except on YouTube this season. (Although in this indigo-blue state it would be a waste of money.) I only thought Romney started spending ad money a couple of weeks ago.
“’...Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who once worked for Romney, said he ‘wouldnt overestimate the conflict in Romneyworld.’”
Gee, what a surprise.
I know one thing for sure, I’ve seen probably 100 spots on TV for Obama and 1 or two for Romney.
What the hell is going on, I thought Romney was bringing in money hand over fist.
Noonan , the pompous elitist woman who tries to make herself important and thinks anyone on the right gives a crap about her and her snotty voice.
Its not big, its not brave, its not thoughtfully tackling great issues, Noonan writes. Its always been too small for the moment.
Mitt, you are doing just fine if PN thinks otherwise.
Keep up the good work!
too many people in America believe socialism is a good thing
capitalism and it’s benefits must be defined and demonstrated through historic example. conversely, socialism and the massive government dependence that comes with it must be shown for where it always leads
exactly, she has to attack him on the attacks last week and now this.
HEY NOONAN, PISS OFF, she could have easily got in touch with him in private but now she has ot make herself important and blab to the media which will lap all of this up.
Rommey should call her and tell her to shut up and that they do not ant her blabbing again and to go and run their own campaign
I don’t recall Romney ever attacking Obama in the spring and summer? What did he say? Does Romney have much of the McPain staff on board for the fall campaign? If so, he will lose.
The article insinuates that she is conservative.
Just because one calls themself conservative a conservative it does not make them.
I'm waiting for her to join Michael Steele on PMSNBC.
Ahahahahahahahaha. Please stop it! AhhhhHaaaaaHAHA!
Oh my GOD! Ahaahahahahahahahahaha. Whooooo-hoooo!
Why do they keep citing Peggy Noonan. She does not represent conservatives.
Noonan is no conservative.