From the beginning, political professionals feared Mitt Romney would be a disaster as a candidate for President.
Their fears have become reality, sources within the Republican Party tell Capitol Hill Blue, and party officials fret daily over a one-time election opportunity they see vanishing rapidly.
“God, this guy is a loser,” says one long-time GOP strategist who — for obvious reasons — asked not to be identified. “We just lurch from one disaster from another.”
Romney’s latest debacle is a hidden-camera video shot at a fundraiser which caught the GOP Presidential candidate calling supporters of President Barack Obama “victims” who are dependent on government handouts.
Romney, scrambling Monday to control the damage, called the comments “off the cuff” and “not elegantly stated.”
Said the GOP strategist:
Not elegantly stated? How about goddamned stupid? Where did we get this guy anyway? It should have been cakewalk to oust Obama. Now we will be stuck with him for another four years because Mitt the unfit can’t get his shit together.
Similar thoughts are running through GOP circles nowadays as members of the Republican Party shake their heads and wonder how they ended up with such a loser at the top of the ticket.
Writes Daniel Larison in The American Conservative:
There is no way to spin these comments in Romney’s favor, just as there was no way to defend Romney’s blunders on the embassy and consulate attacks last week. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some desperate attempts to do so, but they won’t do any good. Much like the blunder last week, the argument Romney’s making in the video is nonsense and it is expressed in a way designed to alienate the largest number of people possible.
Romney’s ability to screw up appears limitless, from bungled statements on the Embassy attacks to incredibly stupid remarks about the Olympics.
“Let’s face it, the man’s a screwup of the first order,” says political consultant Jon Michelson. “He’s unfit to be anything but a rich dilettante.”