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Trouble in Mittville: Campaign is imploding

By Capitol Hill Blue
September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney: His campaign is in trouble (Reuters)

Political insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue the troubled campaign of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney is imploding.

Increasing staff dissension, loud arguments between top strategists and increasing impatience from the candidate is “ripping the campaign apart,” a top staffer confides. “We’re imploding.”

The internal strife escalated during the recent GOP convention when top Romney strategist Stuart Stevens scrapped Romney’s planned acceptance speech and started a last-minute scramble to come up with new messages and themes.

Reports Politico:

Romney’s convention stumbles have provoked weeks of public griping and internal sniping about not only Romney but also his mercurial campaign muse, Stevens. Viewed warily by conservatives, known for his impulsiveness and described by a colleague as a “tortured artist,” Stevens has become the leading staff scapegoat for a campaign that suddenly is behind in a race that had been expected to stay neck and neck through Nov. 6.

Release of a hidden camera video from a May fundraiser has increased finger pointing and dissension within Romney’s campaign.  The problem is heightened by mounting criticism from fellow Republicans.

Writes Peggy Noonan:

It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change. People want to focus on who at the top is least constructive and most responsible. Fine, but Mitt Romney is no puppet: He chooses who to listen to. An intervention is in order. “Mitt, this isn’t working.”

Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard piles on:

It’s worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes are Romney supporters—especially of course seniors (who might well “believe they are entitled to heath care,” a position Romney agrees with), as well as many lower-income Americans (including men and women serving in the military) who think conservative policies are better for the country even if they’re not getting a tax cut under the Romney plan. So Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him.

In other words, turn out the lights.  Mitt Romney’s party is over.

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8 Responses to Trouble in Mittville: Campaign is imploding

  1. Sandy Price

    September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    What scares me more than the problem with Gov. Romney is the behind-the-scenes of having him bow out of the election, putting Paul Ryan in his place and appointing another in the role of Vice President.

    The problem is the new agenda accepted by the Conservative Tea Party who represent a completely new look at the Republican Party.

    Their plan to abolish abortions and birth control may be the most dangerous plan ever brought into a power grab to force America into a Christian nation.

    The world in general and the United States in particular are facing a problem of over population bringing with it poverty and starvation. We saw this in China and even parts of the Soviet Union. It forces the nations into a mandated one child per family simply to save the human race. Many of us saw this in the late 1960s and we all tried to grow much of our own food in our yards and increase our chicken numbers for their eggs. Zoning laws were written to keep this from continuing.

    America has come under attack from the Christian churches who demand a growth in family size to insure that the churches will maintain strength. A strength based on population growth has never strengthened anything but wars.

    • Willie Buck Merle

      September 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      uh… ok

    • Jim B.

      September 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Interesting theory, Sandy, re: the Rom stepping down and the Ryan stepping into the number 1 spot….Never thought of that, but I’d wonder if the Rom’s urge for power would greatly decrease &/or eliminate that scenario….He’d have a death grip on the number 1 spot, because he’d feel he’s gone too far to just throw it all away….For him to step down, he’d have to surrender to tremendous pressure by the muckity-mucks of the Repub. party to do so.

      Also, to change horses while in the middle of the stream (or campaign) might show even more discord within the Repub. party to the general voting public, and result in even poorer standings in the polls.

      • Sandy Price

        September 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

        Jim B. I read a lot of the opinions of writers who have been part of my political research for years. Many Republicans have come up with the only solution to save the GOP. Romney is soiled and may be responsible for the loss of the Senate majority along with the Tea Party members in the House. The Tea Party threw in its one chance of leadership in D.C. In their chance for leadership they lost too many moderate Republicans and that could lose their majority.

        The only way the GOP has a chance to regain their reputation of the Party of the People would be to bring back the Separation of church and state and run on Constitutional policies, not social issues. This would bring back all divisions of the Party and return the choices to the people and away from the choices from the churches.

        Americans can live as members of any faith as long as they do not force federal laws against others. We need to live as individuals who pool our desires to our individual groups. It does not work when these individual groups become federal laws.

        It is to the point now that my groups (Equality and Death with Dignity) want to be involved in Federal laws. We hire lobbyists to keep track of where the government tries to move into power groups against others. All we want is the ability to protect our agendas not to legislate them.

        • Jim B.

          September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          Hi Sandy!…You raise compelling arguments….And, they are logical….And, they might come into being, if the Rom would put party over his selfish interests….but…even though the Rom has been accused of acting like a robot, he is really still a man with the passions of one, and when someone of his stature is in a race like this, the pull of power is too great….He cannot resist it….He craves power…so it’s because of this most damnedable of human traits that I think Rom will stay in the race. (one caveat….unless, he loses so much poll ground, the Repub. kingmakers put him under unrelenting, tremendous pressure to step down.)

  2. Willie Buck Merle

    September 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Reflecting on the rationale of Romney’s nomination… from the year 2011.
    The republicans stated in 2011 that they wouldn’t select Palin/Palin-type for pragmatic reasons. If they could produce a ‘reasonable-looking’ candidate they’d have a great chance at winning the WH.
    So today it must be said that Mitt simply doesn’t understand why he is the GOP candidate.

    “I look like a reasonable candidate” + “I must always state ‘reasonable’ positions” = Winning Candidacy

    Yes, it’s that simple. How smart do you need to be to understand this simple formula? What has changed in 2012? Puzzling indeed.

  3. KT Kacer

    September 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I just don’t know. I voted for McCain in 2008, not because I disliked now President Obama, but because McCain was a ‘known’, I have almost always liked him, and despite his really POOR choice of a running mate, he still had far more experience than then Senator Obama had. Now, looking back, I (almost) wish McCain HAD won. However the poor choices that Republicans seem intent upon making…. I just don’t know. I mean ‘president palin’? I shudder at the thought, nearly as much as ‘President Biden (Neither I think would ever happen, still….)

    I AM a registered Republican however currently when I look at platforms, I only agree w/ Republicans 31% on their (our?) platform. Whereas the Dems, do a smidgen better at 36%, but I don’t think I’ll be switching just yet.

    HOWEVER I do think thiis election season I will be voting for Obama. NOT because I think he’s doing the right thing(s), just because of HOW convinced I am that Romney WILL do the WRONG things. I mean he says ANYTHING at that moment that he thinks MIGHT appeal to whomever his audience is at that moment.

    ANYONE who can LIE (or change his mind, if I am feeling generous) THAT quickly and easily. I mean in my head, I see reasonably inept programmers working feverishly to ‘fix’ the Romneybot since his gaffe yesterday (and the day before, and the day before etc…) and for those of you who do not know just how (most) programming works, 20-30 ppl (sometimes more, sometimes less, depends upon the size and complexity of the programing involved) all write different parts. Then (hopefully a good program manager) smooths out rough edges and it’s released w/ 2.3 million ‘bugs’ give or take.

    Now I realize Romney isn’t a robot, but let’s face it…. it would explain a LOT!

    But I see him as a “nice guy” but not that bright, not that moral, not that…. well… human.

    Not saying Obama gives me the ‘warm fuzzies’ or anything. But I do think he means well, he appears MORE human than Romney (not lots more… but more) and he at least can keep a consistent message and though I think he’s moving a bit too slowly and possibly has a tiny bit of trouble keeping his ‘eye on the ball’ (it’s the economy stupid!). And aside from that minister he dumped early in his 1st run, he seems pretty moral. Also I’m highly irritated that most of the Republicans in congress are being total ‘obstructionists and instead of helping the country seem to be harming it, so I have, when irate in the past voted straight Republican tickets, and once a straight Dem ticket. I think is time for a straight Dem ticket again, maybe spank some sense intop the party…. it’s that or give up and change parties, but the Libertarians aren’t really viable with them I agree 68%…. maybe I’ll get enough company to make them more viable.

    So sick of voting for the ‘lesser of 2 evils’.

  4. Mashed Potato Bulletin

    September 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Reminiscent of the McCain-Palin campaign at about the same period in time.