Romney Campaign Infighting
Politico has a treatise on how the Romney campaign stumbled, including how chief strategist Stuart Stevens (left), bypassed the entire speech writing staff, assigned the convention speech to Republican campaign veteran Pete Wehner, and then ignored what Wehner wrote.
Stevens junked the entire thing, setting off a chaotic, eight-day scramble that would produce an hour of prime-time problems for Romney, including Clint Eastwood’s meandering monologue to an empty chair…
To pin recent stumbles on Stevens would be to overlook Romney’s role in all this. As the man atop the enterprise — in effect, the CEO of a $1 billion start-up — Romney ultimately bears responsibility for the decisions he personally oversaw, such as the muffling of running mate Paul Ryan’s strict budget message and his own convention performance.
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