Skip to comments.Another Reason Romney Lost: He Had A Full Blown Idiot (Stuart Stevens) Running His Campaign.
Posted on 02/26/2013 4:03:57 AM PST by IbJensen
Meaning Romney Was Also An Idiot For Not Noticing ...
Sometime before Election Day, before the debates, people already knew Stuart Stevens and his team were in over their heads. From the utter fiasco of Romneys convention speech, which he stripped down to a thin gruel of bland forgettable pablum (and of course, stripped of any mention of Americas servicemen and women abroad), throwing aside Bushs micro-targetting programmed wholesale, allowing his Hollywood aspirations to make him give the prime speaking slot at the RNC to Clint Eastwood (without any vetting) instead of people who would humanize his candidate, I just thought at the time, that Stu Stevens was simply disorganized.
Then, we found out about ORCA, and the fact that Stevens and his team (Moffat, et al.) still thought the system performed well because metrics. Then came the revelation that Stevens had no concept of the idea that what voters tell pollsters is often quite different from what would actually influence them in favor of candidate A or B.
Then we discovered the wide disparity in both quality, quantity and reach of advertising (in Obamas favor), despite the fact that this was supposed to be where Stevens was going to dominate and make up for months of unanswered attacks down the home stretch the Obama Campaign and its allies outperformed Romney and every single Conservative SuperPAC on every possible measure; [Obama] spent less on advertising than Romney and his allies but got far more in the number of ads broadcast, in visibility in key markets and in targeting critical demographic groups, such as the working class and younger voters in swing states Romney not only paid more for his ads but also missed crucial opportunities to advertise, for instance during the political conventions and on Spanish-language television
When it came to online advertising, the graph to your right tells you the entire story.
Considering the horrendous amount of what was very rightly called campaign malpractice in that WaPo piece, there actually is a viable argument that Mitt Romney could take Stuart Stevens and Co. to court for fraud.
But as they say; never attribute to malice what can just as easily be attributed to abject stupidity.
Top Romney Strategist Stuart Stevens Says Media Not In The Tank For President Obama.
Ever since then-Senator Barack Obama first took a lead in the 2008 Democratic primary, the political news media has faced the accusation that they are in the tank for the now-second term President Obama. On Sunday mornings Reliable Sources, the press got a qualified defense from a surprising source: Mitt Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens. Host Howard Kurtz asked Stevens if much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama, to which Stevens replied, In the tank? I would say no.
Do you believe, today, that much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama? Kurtz asked.
Stevens replied, Its not a yes or a no question. In the tank, I would say no. So, yes or no question, I would say no.
Kurtz pressed the line of questioning several times. Too sympathetic to the President? How would you put it? he asked.
I think after the election, youll have a lot tougher questions that will be asked because youre out of an election environment, Stevens replied. I think youre seeing that this past weekend with this whole golf outing. I think they will be more critical now.
A surprised Kurtz asked, Youre saying the press should be finally more critical about the fact that President Obama went golfing with Tiger Woods?
The degree to which there is not a choice between him and a Republican candidate makes it easier for them to be tougher on the President, Stevens replied. Thats natural.
In hindsight; there was no way Mitt Romney could have won with the team he assembled, and I am truly flabbergasted that I was so wrong to assume that Romney would bring the same A-game he brought to selecting teams to turn around failing companies to his campaign.
The fact that Stu Stevens and his team do not see and actually never saw the medias heavy bias in favor of the President during the campaign means there was not, at any point, any path to victory for Mitt Romney. People this blind and lacking in perception would have eventually snatched defeat from the jaws of victory no matter what had gone right; these are the people who quickly advised Mitt Romney to tone it down after his excellent performance in the first debate and go into prevent-defense to appeal to Independents and women.
Even worse is the fact that these people continue to give themselves high marks for the utter fiasco of a campaign they ran.
Considering what we went through with Steve Schmidt and prior to that, the tragedy that was the Bush White Houses political and communications operation, Ive had to come to the sad conclusion that right now, when it comes to political operatives, electoral experts, campaign strategists, etc, Democrats get the cream of the crop, while Republicans are stuck with the slimy fetid fungus that feeds on the decaying scum encrusting the bottom of the barrel.
In the first debate with the current occupier of the White Hut it appeared that the Mittster won hands down; however, in the second debate he sat on his hands and allowed the Harvard whiz to roll over him in a disgraceful exhibition.
There were so many issues that could have been used to tear the halfrican to shreds. Here a totally unknown, no doubt phony American has put four disastrous years of killing this nation behind him and goes on to put America through four more!
Ted Cruz would make an excellent cadidate to run against this 'decaying scum encrusting the bottom of the barrel' as he is younger and probably the most conservative candidate we could find with the ability to fight and not lie down and let America's opponent run over him. As a campaign manager we'd need someone like Greg Gutfeld. (or, if possible, a younger Don Rickles.)
If ever a target needed to be insulted, and debated to the point where he is driven back into the sewer system from whence he came it is this totally phony Bronco Bama!
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So we are supposed to believe that Romney, a man who achieved such success in business, went out and hired a team of idiots to win?
Either Romney’s financial and business success was a total accident or he tanked himself. No other explanation is logical. Next issue is while so many cling to “Oh he would have been better than Obama!”
Really? Is this article supposed to be some kind of proof of that? Hiring incompetent idiots that destroy a campaign would not instill confidence in any thinking person that the same wouldn’t have happened in his cabinet. Or other policy advisers.
But excuses will continue I’m sure.
This is total BS. Romney would have lost no matter who was running the campaign.
The fact is that the GOP ran a candidate who:
Was a privileged kid with no “real world” experiences put against a black thug street fighter. He simply did not know how to fight since his world didn’t have problems like that.
Second, he was a pure blooded RINO of the first magnitude.
Third, he had no idea how the rest of us lived and what was important to us.
Fourth, he was absolutely the wrong man to run. We needed a fighter, not a wimp.
ZERO was CHOSEN to win the "election". Our overlords wanted it this way.
I say b.s. to all of the above...we are just outnumbered by the idiots with their hands out in this country. Mitt would have been a fine president but people recoil at the thought of actually having to pull up their britches and going to work.
If this were true, wouldn’t he have lost in the primaries?
Agree. Mitt would have made a decent president. He lost because of the complete idiots wanting the government to take care of them OR, massive voter fraud, which I think played a major role. The corrupt media and an ill-informed, brainwashed population can be thanked for the fraud that is in the White House.
Didn’t his son already say that his father didn’t really want to win? Makes more sense now by hiring a consultant team that didn’t know what it was doing.
Not necessarily because, in my opinion and with one exception, he was running against fellow Republicrats.
Expecting voters to know what is going on and relying on MSM to do so, and not confronting their blatant bias is just part of why our great loss. While there are examples of fraud which may close up the gap, the gap is too big to blame the loss on fraud ..
.Expecting GOPES to address media bias or Romney to call Obama a congenital liar or even point out that the fact and figures released by the white house were allways questionable is another. Let alone call him a “socialist”..
But the fault lies really in the messaging the Republican campaign came up with.
They violated the first principle, the basic mechanics of campaigning (without going into the sacrosanct”social issues “) which could be defended and are gone into after this opus.
These are the “Bread and Butter Issues” which affect everyones pocketbook. Instead Choking on political correctness parameters or triping over past positions on global warming and Romneycare. Both of which were pocketbook issues and mourned about when the election post mortum was conducted. For these topics were confronting these policies and sections of every “demographic” in the political play book .
The MSM and allowing them to set the agenda ..
Romney ran a ‘Johnny One Note Campaign’. Used a poison dart blow gun when he should have used a cannon loaded with grape shot because he had pleanty of stuff he could fill that cannon barrel with..
Besides failing to hammer away on what will happen when Obama gets returned; The Obama past due 2013/14 Tax Increases. The impact of Obamas gagging energy resources (a socialist construct never branded as such) with policies requiring reliance on intermittent sources wind and solar and that resulted in massive failure and corruption (barely re-mentioned).,restricted use of drilling, and the effective banning use of coal for electrification , and the restrctions on fracking, with the resulting prices doubling or even trippling on everything and where a connection could be made to those on restricted incomes forcing a dependency of government never made.. This was a dream bread and butter issue for the GOP which reached into every ‘demographics’ pocketbook.
They could have even ridiculed accepting the Demo-Com* definition of the hyphenated African-Hispanic -Americans . But nothing was said.*More on this later.Let alone mention the denial of God episode and the wedge issue that created within the democratic party which has yet to be exploited.
Then there is the impact of Supreme Court Appointments.. 18,000 new IRS agents and on and on. . Some were very briefly touched most were not and Benghazi/ foreign policy was left to languish.
Lastly Then there is Obamas personal extravagance and behavior refusing to visit Nashville after its disaster showing up at New Orleans after Mitt visited it. Even after the Christi thing if that was brought up it would have blunted the impact.
On another article I posted this morning I commented that what America needs in a candidate is someone like Ted Cruz whose campaign manager would be Greg Gutfeld or someone that resembles a younger Don Rickles.
Yup. But no matter how much info comes out pointing in the same direction, the Sherlocks on the Right will just deny it and complain about ‘purity’.
Not if the intent was to destroy conservative candidates and hamstring the 2010 advances that were made.
Excellent points all!
I we need many more ‘CONSERVATIVES’ in Congress displaying a determined and strong effort aimed at removal of this piece of human debris and his sycophants before they put the final nails in our coffins!
The entire nation is overridden with complicit politicians, courts systems, our military...you name it and they’ve got it.
We have sat by, along with those who elected this monster, and watched as the leftist loons built the pedestal, then placed the homosexuals on it, made comments against islam to be so politically incorrect in their eyes as to resemble a crime against humanity. America is a declining power whose descent in this second term will be so much more accerated as to make our heads spin and our stomachs churn to the point of regurgitating.
The answer: pray that God reveals it to us, or perhaps he already has.
I completely agree. Our side was simply overrun by the mishmash of entitlement parasites, anti-America radicals, tree huggers, queers, and the conglomeration of every other freak show that makes up the rapidly growing "progressive" class.
And yes... fraud certainly occurred, but the far bigger problem is America has turned hard left on a national level. Anyone who still thinks this is a "center-right" country is in a state of deep delusion.
All politics is personal. Romney never knew that and his team’s incompetence defies all post-game analysis. Romney’s team was like an inventor in 1899 trying to get the first airplane to fly by adding anvils for “balance.”
And in other news, Tokyo Rove still thinks of himself as a genius.
The core problem with Romney (and RINOs in general) is this his (their) world view is wrong. They constantly misread the electorate, the political environment, and the correct tactics to win. They think acting like a Democrat will take votes away from the real Democrat. They think people like Reagan or Gingrich push voters away but they are able to win on ideas.
This campaign had no big ideas. It was ‘that guy didn’t perform, I can perform better’. It was a failed strategy. If not for the first debate, we all would have thought it was a losing effort from June forward. They were silent all summer, the convention was dull and create defensively to ‘prove’ Romney’s a nice guy, and the month of September was void of any clear strategy. I could rattle off 3-5 specific things I was hoping to see at points in the campaign that would have been effective. Other than the 1st debate, there was no sign of a message to beat Obama’s predicable campaign tactics.
Watching the last two debates was outright painful. Obama kept on slamming Romney while Romney just stood there on camera with that goofy grin on his face.
I knew Romney was toast when O nailed him with ‘now a days the military has things called planes that fly in the sky and submarines that go under water ’ and the audience laughed (as did I almost), as it was a great line.
Romney just stood there on camera with that goofy grin on his face : ‘please kick me again Mr POTUS’
I and a few others ruffled a few feathers on two Bengazi threads by posting Romney needs to get aggressive on it in the debates because he is getting beat. Many here were so convinced Romney was winning when he was losing. After all Rush said 'everything points to a landslide (for Romney) mexcept the polls'
Romney lost because he was a poor choice and at best a moderate - not conservative. It does no good to look any farther than this.
Poor little Mitt, he had an idiot in charge and didn’t know it. Can’t blame him.
The candidate is responsible for the candidate’s campaign. Romney’s own son said the man wasn’t really interested in the job....more recreating the story so far as I’m concerned.
It was demographics, it was vote fraud, it was evangelicals, it was apathy, it was an idiot campaign manager.
My first concern is that this is Romney trying to launch another campaign from the ashes of this failed one. But, surely, even the GOP-E won’t push such a thing....would they????
Romney lost, first, because he was a flawed candidate lacking guts. He lost, second, because he pursued a flawed strategy. He ran to the left and ignored his base.
I have always been sickened by the sight and sound of this manipulator who manipulates the Republicrat Party into the dustbin of history!
Yet, neo-conservative, establishment Republican Hannity contunues to display him on his program as though he is somehow to be revered. The Wall Street Journal uses his pieces regularly.
Of course there were lots of issues to nail Obama on.
There still are.
But as soon as you start trying, all the bleeding-hearts will start wailing that “you’re just another bigoted white guy, picking on da poor black man, you conservatives are all the same, blah, blah, blah”
End of conversation. Any Obama critic (media or not) is silenced. And the incompetence continues, unchecked. Victory to the idiots, again.
There was a reason the Democrats deliberately picked a black guy in 2007. It was all about keeping any critics on the defensive, and thus, neutralized - and it’s working.
Why is that so hard to believe? Romney is a brilliant businessman by all accounts, but he only had one bright moment in his whole campaign and his advisers shut him down after that. It is hard to coherently argue against facts. The facts say that Romney is a brilliant businessman and a dunce candidate for president.
Brilliant people do stupid stuff all the time, especially when they get outside of what they do best.
Was Romney the wrong candidate? Absolutely -- that is part of the reason why he hired the idiots. If you aren't going to campaign on your ideals your victory is hollow anyway. If you don't have any ideals it is all about you anyway and no one needs that.
Yep...and keep in mind that these very same incompetents would have been populating key positions within a Romney Administration.
Someone can be great in one field and lousy in another. It happens all the time in politics and life in general.
I have wondered, since Mccain’s run, if our consultants and campaign managers have been compromised by the DNC. Those who have run the Presidential campaigns have obviously been in over there heads or appear to have been working for someone else.
The Republican Party Establishment did not want to win. That's why they backed Romney in 2012, McCain in 2008, and Dole in 1996. The GOPe does not want the presidency -- it would make them accountable for results.
The GOPe's job is to provide the illusion of there being opposition to the Dem agenda.
RINO’s hiring RINO’s
Well, for one thing, it wasn’t his first rodeo. He has been both a Gov and a once previous presidential candidate.
Sorry. Anyone at that level does not hire idiots. The people funding them do not allow it.
I love Cruz.
The fact that the Media Monsters are attacking him so early is that view him as a serious threat.
No matter WHAT they dig up on Cruz, Rubio, or ANY genuine GOP conservative, we need to hang tough, NEVER criticize them and support them regardless.
A political movement which glorifies a serial rapist (Clinton) and a Marxist Muslim Foreigner (Obama Hussein) is in NO postion to criticize ANYONE else!!!
THE OHAHA PROPAGANDA WAS RELENTLESS---CANDIDATE OBAMA announced he "BORROWED" $100 million from BofA Romney never asked why Obama's $1 billion US campaign (the amt touted by Team Ohaha to show how "popular" he was) needed to borrow millions for the final two months of the campaign?
Obama borrowed ---and a second report said the DNC was borrowing money to keep him afloat. Even after Ohaha announced he had the first $$$billion dollar campaign war chest, yet another report said: "Team O has "to decide" how to allocate whats left of its campaign treasury down the stretch...."
The sinister Ohaha Team plotted a very crafty strategy-- lying about their campaign outlays-----the same callous cadre that blatantly lied about four Americans killed in Benghazi.
Ohaha's executive orders and Dems legislative tricks were intended to fuel his reelection: the so-called TARP stimulus hid zillions in several states---in NJ alone $17.6 Billion was sent and promptly disappeared when it landed there. Fact is, Obama and the Chi/mobsters running his campaign had---and still have--- zillions salted away.
Romney stupidly underestimated the dirty cash the Ohahas/Chi-mob had to fix the election......these are the kingpins of Chicago politics. At one time, conscientious FEC investigators verified money was coming from legal citizens....Romney should have demanded investigations. Remember, there are billions unaccounted for in Obama's stimulus packages....the Ohaha kingpins have tons of money stashed away.
POINTS TO PONDER
<><> author Dean Koontz estimates there's about $90 billion missing from the US Treasury.
<><> Ohaha's ex-COS Chi/Mayor Rahm Emanuel was one of the Chi/mobsters running Ohaha's reelection campaign---this Wall Street turd knows where all the money is hidden. Rahm also controlled all US Treasury assets (at Obama's behest) when he was COS.
<><>The Ohahas took control of the census upon taking office----they had all the necessary CV to phony up contribution reports for the FEC.
THIS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD Obama's ex-COS "Wall Street Rahm" "suddenly" discovered he wanted to be Chicago mayor---so the dancing little turd went before the mics and announced his mayoral campaign "raised $10 million in just a few weeks" .........(cue laugh machine). Rahm also controlled the US Treasury as COS. This turd-o-crat knows where all the stolen Federal money is hidden....Wall Street knows how to make money disappear faster than a cream puff at a Weight Watcher weigh-in.
YOO HOO, ROMNEY The Ohaha's "said" they added $45 million to reelection coffers in one month alone.....raised jointly by the DNC, "Obama for America" and two other joint fundraising committees the "Obama Victory Fund" and the "Swing State Victory Fund,"...and whatever other voter frauds they dreamed up.
ANOTHER BIG CLUE Obama's open mic slip in Russia revealed his hidden agenda. He didnt say "after the election, or after the next election. He said: This is my last election" ... reassuring the Ruskis that he'll then have "more flexibility after the election....
Clearly Ohaha's certainty WRT staying in offce is not based on his approval ratings or massive opposition to his cockamamie polices----mandated healthcare, trillion dollar stimulus, using aborted babies' brains in lab experiments, giving himself massive executive power over Americans, co-opting religious beliefs, $4-Plus gas, 16% real unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, escalating inflation at the supermarket, the GSA spending scandal......to name a few.
Ohaha's certainty stems from his knowledge that he would stay in office---not by the will of the people---but by buying his reelection with federal money....using massive vote fraud.
Remember, voter fraud is the Chi/mobs' specialty---do NOT underestimate Rahm and Axelrod (both running O's reelection), and Valerie whatsherface in the WH. Let us not forget----the minute they hit the WH, the Chi/mob went into action: the WH Chi/mob took over the census---and now have all the CV they need to file phony FEC reports using stolen federal dollars as campaign contributions.
DID ROMNEY EVEN NOTICE THIS ? 2012 Ohaha used the 2008 Anita (Mao) Dunn strategy to manipulate voters, to downplay Ohaha's destructive policies ....and his scary plans for the next term. Dunn said THEY and only THEY decided what the media should know about 2008 candidate Ohaha. The strategy is already in place---watch the Ohahas copping that "don't worry--we're harmless" attitude.
Who could believe there was a candidate stupider than McCain---but there was---and his name was Romney. Both flopolas strived mightily to look "unconservative"---clearly, their biggest mistake.
Ah but there’s the thing. Incompetent or pushing an agenda?
All things aside, these people ‘behind the scenes’ are not incompetent. Nor are people like Rove and Bhoner/McConell. They are however following a very clear and traceable path. It’s just that most people can’t bring themselves to accept that.
What they do looks stupid as hell, sure. But what are the odds that with so much money and power involved, so very many ‘stupid people’ got to where they are?
Zero. They WANT the Leftism. They just play Right wingers on TV.
Romney lost because the Republican Party is the political equivalent of the “bad guy” in any WWE pro wrestling event.
In this day and age, they have become a construct of the Ruling Class to make sure that nobody will make any meaningful changes that might derail the 14-digit taxpayer-funded gravy train for lobbyists, political consultants, political appointees, government bureaucrats, public sector unions, and crony capitalist corporations.
The sooner we all figure this out, the sooner we can destroy this ivy-league locust swarm that ravenously feeds on the fruit of our hard labor.
Only the congenitally clueless eGOP thought that running a Wall St. billionaire against a Black president who feeds off The Poor was a good idea. Simple common sense would have ditched that notion, but no, Common Sense was never offered in the wimpy RINOs’ university degree programs.
The Democrats have admitted that they had a room full of Social Scientists advising them on the last election. Political Scientists tell you WHY people vote the way they do. Social Scientists (Psychologists, Sociologists, etc...) tell you HOW to get people to vote for you. The Republicans are always a day late and a dollar short.
Voter fraud in Ohio, Florida and Virginia did him in.
Another Reason Romney Lost: He Had A Full Blown Idiot Running His Campaign.
yes he did have..
and it wasnt Stuart Stevens..
Romneys own son said the man wasnt really interested in the job....
That in itself is treasonous...
More proof Liberal two times draft dodging Willard doesnt love or respect America...
If he did he wouldnt have run but would have got behind one of the Conservatives who ran...
Read Zombies “The Secret Life of Willard Mitty” for a good take on the Mitt Mind. I think Steve Sailor has the best summation for the failure that was the Romney 10 year Campaign!
I read that from the son and your reaction was my reaction: treasonous.
If not to the nation, then certainly to those who yearned for the guiding hand of a conservative president. (Which Mitt wouldn’t have been....but...can of worms...)
I think the loser Romney was picked by the GOPe w/ the intention to clear a nomination for red Jeb Bush in 2016. I loved how all the hard-on for Romney/Ryan Freepers were so Full of Shitte stupid and meek but erupted into savage warriors with the mere mention of PAUL! I will not vote for any BUSH in 2016.
Right on. The GOP is not stupid or spineless. Its not bad luck, idiot voters, the "liberal" media, or those wascally ol' Democrats.
Mitt Romney took a dive like a Don King boxer. And it wasn't for money or fame or pride. It's because he agrees with Obongo's agenda or, more precisely, the agenda of the men that pull Barry's strings.
Mitt was there to keep any real Christian conservative from winning. He relished that role because he hates Christian conservatives like his Dad did.
The "plan" was a Bush dynasty---until stupid Dubya got duped by the pukeneos---and installed them in the WH Office of Special Ops. ONLY the pukes had the list of Mideast countries the US was to invade without provocation.
War profiteering were never from the pukes sordid little minds---Puke guru Richard Perle is starting an oil company in Iraq with his share of billions.
Now, when we hear "Bush" we think "debacle---trillions of US dollars down those hellholes and rivers of young blood shed."
BTW---the opportunistic pukes are still loitering around politicians --- Rubio hired a puke for his planned 2016 campaign (barf bag, please).
I guess Perle needs another couple hundred billion US tax dollars for his oil business. (cackle)
” Who could believe there was a candidate stupider than McCain-—but there was-—and his name was Romney.”
I shudder to think who the next stupid, nonconservative fool will be....
Romney could do fine when focused on making money with his largely Mormon friends, and with the Mormons behind him to boost his efforts and public profile and coming from a family of wealth, power, and celebrity, but he is terrible when trying to operate in the world of regular Americans, and in elective politics.
I call it Madonna smarts, Madonna has made three times Romney’s money, not because she is broadly, widely, brilliant like a Reagan, but because she is bright, and is single mindedly focused on making money, kind of the way a cat can appear smart because his focus is so narrow and concentrated.