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 morning’s 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.”
Comments: How could we have won if Romney´s top guy didn´t know what he was up against? SMH
Ya, that´s a stupid remark but like most of the Romney effort it´s faults were attributable, in large part, to Mitt and his people being nice people who play fair and don´t make claims they can´t prove or charges that are not helpful.
Well, I guess that says it all!! Can someone please , please tell me how these ninnies are considered "tops" in their fields??WTH!!!!!How did they get there??? Next time hire an LDotter ..we will do it for FREE!! and we won´t have that outcome...
Beside rapant voter fraud, Mr. Stevens explains in large part why Romney lost. If Romney surrounded himself with people like that maybe it is just a well that he lost. He would not have been much of an improvement on Dear Leader.
This kind of media naïveté or really, just being too dang scared to tell the TRUTH is what lost the election. I know, besides voter fraud, I know. Yes, Mitt plays fair and Dems and MSM do not. Well, RR was up against the same and he outmaneuvered them and boxed their ears. This is why Mitt should stay in business and out of politics. Fiercely honest, boldly patriotic and smart as a whip with the media is what kind of leader America must have now.
I don´t get how some alleged conservatives seem to think the way to deal with people like this in the Republican Party is to withdraw and retreat. Romney´s nomination wasn´t as easy as McCain´s, because in 2012 almost all conservative candidates dropped out faster than in 2008 when it was obvious they had no chance of winning and were just handing the RINO candidate a string of plurality victories by dispersing conservative votes. Almost all... it´s Newt Gingrich you can thank for the GOP nomination going to Romney rather than Santorum.
Maybe Stuart Stevens should re-watch the 2nd debate when the ever-impartial Candy Crowley was a human shield for our poseur.
Come on, it is bad enough we have to fight these lying socialists every single darned day of our lives, now even people supposedly on our side don´t even know who they are up against. This guy will probably still be a consultant on the next GOP campaign too, because it is the same people doing the same darned things that lose us elections.
Pure self-promotion from this guy. He will throw the entire campaign staff under the bus in his attempt to secure some of that Steve Schmidt blood money.
If this guy truly thinks the media is not in the tank for Obama then he has no business being involved in politics at all. He is a pure incompetent. There were a few of those on the Romney campaign, and no doubt this is just the beginning of them coming out of the woodwork.
The media has always been in the tank for a dem candidate and we´ve won in spite of that. Romney´s problem was he didn´t give people a compelling reason to vote for him and his religion had a lot to do with stay at home voters,especially hardcore evangelicals.
Romney was also a poor choice to run against Obamacare when his own plan was he basis for it.Employer based healthcare with gov´t subsidies isn´t a bad idea and it´s an incentive to work. As soon as they included the "can´t afford it" crowd it was doomed.Freeloaders will dig a 3000 mile tunnel to get to a government giveaway like that.They should have just put the lofos on medicaid,instead of disrupting the mainstream insurance companies.
The main reason Obamacare won´t work is there´s too many carve outs for dem supporters.The risk pool isn´t being spread around enough.
I truly don´t know whether to laugh or cry. This is just astonishing! Meanwhile, 0bama and the regime are blanketing this country with their new campaign PAC to further destroy us. It´s extremely disheartening that we have people are our side who are really this naive and stupid. Stevens was a former travel writer?? and worked for Dole and McCain. Where do we find these morons??We were dead in the water before it even began. If we continue to have incompetent idiots like this running campaigns against the Democrat behemoth machine we are doomed forever. It´s just breathtaking and very depressing.
11, Romney wanted to win badly enough so that he spent 15 million dollars of his own moneyh when he tried to get the nomination the first time. He was vilified by our side for "trying to buy the presidency" as though it was more noble to spend money raised than to spend one´s own money. I never figured that one out.
31, Romney was not enthusiastic about trying again but after being talked into it he was, of course, anxious to win. Why else would he demean himself and inconvenience himself with all those stupid debates with other Republicans, some of whom were spoilers because they couldn´t accept that there was no path to securing the nomination open to them but their egos just would not permit them to give up. He finally had to get tough with Gingrich, which many did not like to see, but Gingrich was not on the ballot at all in VA and not on the ballots of some counties in other states. Couldn´t he count? Couoldn´t his followers count? When you can´t win get out of the way.
With friends like this, pubbies do not need enemies. Who hired this twit? Strategy: lose. Top strategist: lose big. In the tank: mind-numbed robots. What journalism has been practiced by the Lame-Stream Media about Obama´s promises? None. What journalism has penetrated the veil of secrecy surrounding the lack of origin, education, or past history of Won? None. It is truly Won and Done. Stuart Stevens should be paid by the Dems. He is doing their work for free.
@ #57...if everybody was "done with the GOP until the rinos are gone, " well the tell me who would be left to vote them out? i don´t like what happened any more than anyone else, but we have 2 parties unless you count independents. maybe the "tea party" should become a ligitimate party doncha think? THEN maybe something could get done. in case no one knows it the tea part by and large are constitutionalists.
It´s pretty clear why Romney lost. The height of rich weak Republican establishment naivety was running against tough street smart liberal Democrat Chicago politicians. It was no contest from the get-go, as the Obama crew had Romney pictured in the minds of their prospective voters as "a rich someone who did not care about them" before Romney ever got off his beach chair behind his mansion at the lake in New Hampshire.
Romney´s CHIEF strategist. And the rinos are still trying to bring Mitt back to life. *heavy sigh*
Gingrich-bashers wake up. Newt was the only one of the candidates who took the fight to the media and Obama...the real enemies.
Can we learn from this? The Tea Party is not the problem. Conservative principles are not the problem. Even the dem machine is not the problem. The problem is Stuart Stevens and everyone who thinks like him. That includes the Epic Rino Romney.
#28 I think the rest of the comments on this thread provide a forceful answer to your question. The Republican party is dead for obvious reasons but some of them won´t lie down - yet. The time has come for new leaders, new ideas and some honesty in support of the Constitution and yes, I like Dr. Ben and am a diehard Palin supporter.
It´s worth noting that Reagan´s election team was heavy on his California loyalists and short on Beltway establishment types. This is the way it has to be done by Republicans if they want to win.
Romney took the lead for awhile in October by getting aggressive in the first debate and going after both Obama and the media. When he went back to playing nice and playing defense, Obama regained the momentum and never looked back. It sounds like this Stuart Stevens fellow (never heard of him before this) was one of the "play nice" types.
Mitt was stupid to rely as much as he did on the advice of the DC based Republican consultancy. Perhaps he assumed they were of the same professional caliber as Boston Consultants. They aren´t. Indeed, they have been handing out bad political advice for most of my lifetime. As another poster noted, Reagan began to win in 1980 after he fired the DC based advisers. Someone over at Redstate looked at how incestuous Mitt´s crew was, how much cash they raked in and how most of their 2012 efforts went to settling old political scores instead of trying to actually win the election.
Stevens is off his rocker. This anchor weight together with a lot of Conservatves lack of help in electing Romney.Gingrich was paricularily offensive towards Mitt Romney. Even Rush Limbaugh was luke warm.As a MA Conservative I consider the Governor was the man for the job,an eloquent speaker and he knew his facts, especially the economy. In the debates Governor Romney brought this cowering idiot down to size.We are left with an empty space in the White House. I will never forget Obamas cowardice and his lieing in not giving a direct command down the line to help the 4 men fighting for their lives at the Benghazi Consulate. How an earth can this enept, incompetant occupant of the White House be still issuing orders. Does not make sense.
Somewhere out there is the perfect Conservative candidate who could whip Obama´s ass....but this person has obviously not been discovered by us yet...sigh.....
And to think I wasted my valuable vote on McPain and then Romney. The right candidate would have smothered Barry Soetoro. Combine that candidate incompetence with the DemocRAT machine voting fraud and its no wonder that even King Hussein was so surprised that he won re-election. I cant help feeling so screwed. How about you?
If we dont learn to start FIGHTING them, fighting back, and fighting hard, we will continue to be screwed, and I dont appreciate feeling screwed, do you?
Mister or Mrs. Stuart whoever the hell you are Stevens, YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK! Get outta here! Dumbass!
With friends like this.... I believe Romney lost the first time he said zippy was a nice man with a good family or words to that effect. He NEVER should have repeated it. He never called him out on his horrible record. OMG, how do we survive four more years of this?
Obama and the media smell blood in the water and they are out to destroy the Republican Party. Romney was easy pickings and the judgement of his ´strategist´ proves it. They need to stop murmuring about Obama´s good intentions (he doesn´t have any) and acknowledge the fact that Obama´s policies are destroying us while he smilingly and successfully blames them all on Congressional Republicans. Why we can see this and they can´t or won´t is the mystery of our generation.
Mitt should have had nothing to lose playing nice. In a normal America, Obama would have lost to Bozo the clown. But it´s not the America I grew up in anymore. Republicans who didn´t get their way stayed home in droves on Mitt. If I didn´t know any better I´d say Gingrich and Santorum were democrat operatives in the primaries. 59 voter precincts in Philly and not one vote for mitt? A mathematical and statistical impossibility. Yeah...he stood a chance. His handlers stunk but you can´t blame it all on them.
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