Persistent Romnesia: Former Mitt Romney Chief Strategist Says ‘Nobody Liked Romney Except Voters’


If the recent fiscal cliff/Susan Rice piñata party news doldrums have got you down, take a break with what has to be the first published example of a resignation letter from every future job. Former Romney campaign chief strategist Stuart Stevens has penned the most deluded piece of writing since Norma Desmond filled out an order for new headshots. In a hilarious op-ed for The Washington Post, Stevens explains, among other things, that “Nobody liked Romney except voters.”

From The Washington Post:

I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a favorite of D.C.’s green-room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians. That’s why, a year ago, so few of those people thought that he would win the Republican nomination. But that was indicative not of any failing of Romney’s but of how out of touch so many were in Washington and in the professional political class. Nobody liked Romney except voters. What began in a small field in New Hampshire grew into a national movement. It wasn’t our campaign, it was Romney. He bested the competition in debates, and though he was behind almost every candidate in the GOP primary at one time or the other, he won the nomination and came very close to winning the presidency.

Earth to Stu Stevens: Voters didn’t like him, either, and the “competition” he “bested” (through a combination of their own self-deportation from the race, and carpet-bombing negative ads) consisted of “Oops” Perry, “Vaccines make you retarded” Bachmann, “Ubeki-beki-stan-stan” Cain, and Moon Commander Gingrich.

It goes on like that, but my absolute favorite line from the piece is this:

He trounced Barack Obama in debate.

Yes, that was almost as cool as that season the New York Jets won game.

Other “accomplishments” that Stevens brags about (see if you can detect a pattern):

  • carried seniors by a wide margin.
  • carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income
  • won white voters younger than 30 by seven points
  • captured the imagination of millions of Americans
  • spoke for those who felt disconnected from the Obama vision of America

If that’s too subtle for you, here’s how Stevens lists some of President Obama’s accomplishments:

  • There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory
  • he was a charismatic African American president

Yes, who would have ever thought that a Republican candidate for president could do so well with lots of old people, white people, and people with money, yet be a disaster with minorities, women, and the remaining white people? ’tis sorcery.

If you need a laugh, read the whole thing, and if you’re a Republican candidate, please, please hire this guy.



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