Politico summarizes Romney campaign’s failures
By Jessica Huseman
Today, Politico put out six page article on the fumbles the Mitt Romney campaign has made thus far in the election. That sounds long, but I’m shocked it didn’t need more elaboration. Don’t get me wrong – Obama has made some pretty interesting blunders as well, but the Romney campaign seems to be full of misspeaks, missteps and flat out mistakes as of late.
The article, found here, is a great read. But, realistically, you don’t have enough time to sort through the thing. Luckily for you, I have an hour commute in the afternoons and am happy to condense the information for you.
So, I present (in classy bullet points), a summarization of Romney’s mistakes (On a side note, I hope I’m never presented with a bullet point list of my own mistakes. What a terrifying thing. Such is the reason I’ll never run for public office).
- Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was a total mess. Evidently, Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist, scrapped the entire first draft of Romney’s speech, leaving eight days for the speech to be rewritten and for Romney to rehearse the whole thing. He punted the job to John McConnell and Matthew Scully, speechwriters who had worked in George W. Bush’s campaign and White House, to write it again. But, only one paragraph of the McConnell-Scully version was actually used. Instead, Romney and Stevens parsed together a speech of their own, which didn’t work out well.
- The Republican Convention, Romney’s acceptance speech included, left veterans and the Middle East out entirely. When the convention was scheduled to span four days, a veteran’s tribute was planned. But when hurricane woes forced the convention down to three days, they cut it from the schedule. It was assumed, then, that Romney’s speech would be used – in part – to honor veterans. …except it didn’t. No mention of veterans, Al Qaeda or Afghanistan – all when the Middle East was on the verge of explosion.
- The Clint Eastwood Disaster. I capitalized that for a reason. While Stevens loved the idea of Eastwood relating to real Americans, the eight day super trek to finish Romney’s speech meant skimping on everyone else’s speeches. Meaning, no one read Eastwood’s speech beforehand and he was allowed to say whatever the hell he wanted. And, I’ll just let you read this post to see how that went (Hint: An invisible Obama was involved). In the end, it entirely took the attention away from what was supposed to be the real highlight of the evening – Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech.
- The campaign team, with seven different “distinct power centers,” has almost no accountability. The campaign staff is centered in several very different sections, and while some are run rigidly, but in others – said a member of the Romney staff – “there are all kinds of people with influence and authority but only vague responsibilities.” The structure has been the butt of criticism from Republicans all over the board. It’s baffling that a head of such a well-run corporation would allow such a bizarre and disjointed structure to continue. And, it seems, there is no changing the beast. Said another campaign rep, ““Mitt is a sticker — he stays with you. He had a reputation at Bain for sticking with people. They made a bad investment, he hung with them. … None of this is going to be fixed. This is the organization, and this is who Mitt is betting on to win. There aren’t going to be further changes.”
- Stevens has advocated the plan of caution, functionally silencing the Romney campaign from saying anything useful. So, instead of real issues, Stevens has successfully advocated Mitt only talk about the economy and the bad president. “Credit for this fog goes to that inner circle of Romney advisers who never liked the Ryan pick and have reasserted their will over a candidate who is naturally cautious,” conservative columnist Kimberley Strassel wrote in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. “In the la-la land where adviser Stuart Stevens presides, Mr. Romney wins by never saying a single thing, ever, that might rock a single boat, ever.”’
So there you have it, folks. Five solid areas of failure Politico has aptly pointed out in the Romney campaign. If only Romney could hire Bain Capital to turn it all around.