Election losers still win big
Dec. 3, 2012
Katy Grimes: The chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has finally spoken out about what happened. And as expected, he’s playing down the significance of the loss.
In a Washington Post op ed, Romney’s Chief Strategist Stuart Stevens, said that President Barack Obama was “a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical.”
Calling the media “morally conflicted about being critical” of Obama is like saying that serial killer Ted Bundy was morally conflicted about the women he stalked and murdered. It didn’t stop him from killing – the results are still the same.
Cliff Kincaid, a journalist and media critic, recently took apart Stevens’ Washington Post op ed.
“If this is all Stuart Stevens takes away from the campaign coverage, he is woefully ill-informed about the nature of media bias,” Kincaid said. “While it is certainly true that reporters didn’t want to criticize the first black President, Stevens’ comment doesn’t explain the intensity of the media attacks on Romney and the media cover-ups on Obama’s behalf.”
Kincaid points out that Stevens was one of the advisers who told Romney that he should avoid criticizing the press.
While Stevens was the top strategist, there were others in the campaign equally responsible. Lobbyist and former top Republican official Ed Gillespie, publicly justified Romney’s silence on the gross liberal media bias when he said that the campaign had a “no whining rule” about media coverage.
Kincaid pointed out that even Democratic strategists had called on the Romney campaign to call out the many incidences of media bias and cover ups.
There’s a significant difference between whining during a competition, and calling out the cheaters. But this is the mainstream media in America today.
The Republican strategists are as responsible for the loss, because someone high up in the party decided what could and could not be discussed.
Self-censoring is as dangerous as being censored.
When will Republicans recognize that Democrats do not self-censor? They only seek to censor Republicans… and Ron Paul. So why do Republicans help them?
Senior strategists had also advised Republicans to avoid calling Obama a Marxist or socialist. The thinking was that undecided voters would be offended and vote for Obama anyway.
“Yes, the Republican Party has problems,” Stevens said, “but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.”
Most of the strategists are beltway insiders, and they get paid huge amounts of money even when they lose. Until this practice ends, nothing will change.
As wealthy commodities trader Randolph Duke explained to Eddie Murphy’s character in Trading Places, “The good part is that no matter whether our clients make money or lose money, Duke & Duke get the commissions.”
May 24, 2013