Skip to main content

After his recent actions, you may be wondering how much of Mitt Romney's defeat may be laid at the feet of his chief strategist Stuart Stevens, because his post-election spin to save his reputation is shockingly awful. His Washing Post op-ed yesterday was a masterpiece of self-delusion, white-washing, tough-talking spin (seriously, if you took out the couple of references to Obama's victory, you might think this was a "Why Mitt Won" restrospective) and just plain insulting commentary, especially the part (as I wrote about yesterday) his implication that Mitt won the rich, so he won the voters who matter. (Kos tackled the matter yesterday with far more detail then I did with this expert piece by piece mockery of Stevens.) No surprise, Stevens is being subjected to mockery for his spin (like this and here), including this sniping from none other then the ultimate Romney groupie herself, Jennifer Rubin.

But Stevens can't seem to shut his big yap and save himself further embarassment. Appearing on CBS This Morning today, he commended the Obama campaign for their victory, but then said Mitt ran a more national campaign:

"They ran very state specific issues, less of a national campaign. That was not why Governor Romney was running. He wanted to talk about big national issues - debt, entitlements, the future of the country. He wanted to put big questions before the country. And he did that. And I think the comparison of those two was striking. It was striking in the debates."
Boy, they just cling to Romney's performance in the first debate like a drowning rat to a piece of driftwood, don't they? (And at the same time they block out the second debate, where Romney's most memorable image was his Benghazi disaster and the third debate, where he pretty much became Obama's yes-man.)

Once again, the implication here is not subtle. "Yes, we lost, but only because Obama ran a petty campaign based on petty local issues. We were the big thinkers, the ones willing to tackle big ideas and big issues. Therefore, the moral victory is ours."

Yeah, I call horseshit on this too. If you ran the more "national campaign," Mr. Stevens, why was your candidate largely shut out of major regions of the country? Why is the GOP's base shrinking to the Deep South and the Plains states? Why, on these "big issues" that you claimed you tackled, did Mitt give no specific plans, change stances almost daily and largely shirk from actually taking them on? Any answers? Any?

Of course, there aren't any, because what's really going on is that Stevens is trying desperately to save his own reputation, especially among Republicans who are likely furious at him for blowing what they though was a sure-fire victory. Indeed, Stevens has been blamed for much of the Romney campaign's missteps, especially Clint Eastwood's Harvey act at the RNC, which was apparently his brainchild. So this is clearly a man fighting to salvage whatever professional repuation his has in the hopes that he'll get the chance to run a campaign higher than dogcatcher ever again.

My advice to Stuart; if you keep up with a defence like this, I suggest you check the unemployment office. I think you're entering the ranks of the long-term jobless.


Will Stuart Stevens ever get employed again in politics?

17%6 votes
8%3 votes
11%4 votes
8%3 votes
17%6 votes
0%0 votes
37%13 votes

| 35 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Wow, a moron can tell that he is (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SherwoodB, FiredUpInCA

    choking on his sour grapes!

    How can someone (actually lots of folks these days) have such utter lack of self-honesty and utter lack of shame to ridicule themselves like this for all of us to see?

    He might just as well put out a statement saying he is depressed since the debacle, he knows he fucked up royally and has been drinking and doing heavy drugs and going to intense therapy to try and get over this personal hell.  A statement like that would be no more revealing of his mental state since election than the blatherous bullshit he laid out above.

    And I truly mean that...literally.

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as he is not that much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:42:09 AM PST

  •  Plain and simple: Nobody liked Mitt (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SherwoodB, FiredUpInCA

    Stevens doesn't need to make up fantasies about the campaign because there was nothing he could do to cure its insurmountable flaw:

    Nobody in America really likes Mitt Romney.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:54:28 AM PST

  •  One of the big things (3+ / 0-)

    The Romney campaign spent something like 135 million on campaign officials salaries and the Obama campaign spent 6 million.  

    I recall reading that the Romney campaign bought a lot of last-minute commercials (costing a lot more) and the Obama campaign booked their television commercial blocks months in advance.  

    The Romney campaign tried to roll out their expensive automated voter contact software on election night and had a massive failure.  The Obama campaign built their voter contact software using open source products and they stress tested it and ran iterative improvements all the way up to election day.

    The Romney team may have had an inferior product, but their campaign was also run quite stupidly.  What we see in the Stevens op-ed is someone trying to deflect the blame from himself and justify that huge salary he got for failure.

    •  Conmen attract conmen (e.g. Ryan, Rove, Stuart) (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Nina Katarina

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:57:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It just proves again what any worker who has (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Nina Katarina

      had consultants imposed on them already knows - they really aren't very smart.  They are essentially a cartel that passes themselves off as business experts, but who could not manage their way out of a paper bag.  It's a great white male rich guy scam.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:03:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Everytime I think of "consultants"... (0+ / 0-)

        ...I always picture "The Bobs" from Office Space.

        Hell, one of those guys (the guy besides John C. McGinley) is a dead ringer for Karl Rove.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site