Say what you want about Newt Gingrich but unlike other Republican analysts, he lives in reality. During his Presidential run, he warned Republicans that if they do not start to appeal to a broader electorate, they would lose. he unfortunately ended up be right. Despite his prophetic warning, many Republican establishment types like Karl Rove and Mitt Romney’s consultant Stuart Stevens continue to live in a delusional world.
Karl Rove a man who blew 400 million in 2012 and had nothing to show for it has decided to go to war against the “Tea Party.” What Rove misses is that movement is dead as it was hijacked by others with ulterior motives ( example: Sharon Angle) and the media’s demonization of the movement because of the hijackers, who probably were false flag operatives. What Rove really wants to do is play political boss and keep his stranglehold on the Republican Party. Never in the history of humanity has an organization given so much power to a man who blew 400 Million dollars!
Stuart Stevens is another establishment buffoon. As Romney campaign manager, who writes off sections of the electorate and this created a backlash against Romney. Stuart did not realize the demographics have changed and tried to appeal to this new electorate. He also misled Romney on strategy and lied using phony data. Mitt Romney went into election night, thinking he had won because of Stuart’s lies.
Newt Gingrich eviscerates Karl Rove and Stuart Stevens over their outdated views of the electorate and political strategies.
I am unalterably opposed to a bunch of billionaires financing a boss to pick candidates in 50 states. This is the opposite of the Republican tradition of freedom and grassroots small town conservatism
However there are going to be some very powerful opponents to any serious rethinking of Republican doctrines and strategies. It is appalling how little some Republican consultants have learned from the 2012 defeat. It is even more disturbing how arrogant their plans for the future are.
Of course these consultants have made an amazing amount of money asserting an expertise they clearly don’t have. They have existed in a system in which the candidate was supposed to focus on raising money and the smart consultant would design the strategy, spend the money and do the thinking.
While Rove would like to argue his “national nomination machine” will protect Republicans from candidates like those who failed in Missouri and Indiana, that isn’t the bigger story.
Republicans lost winnable senate races in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. So in seven of the nine losing races, the Rove model has no candidate-based explanation for failure. Our problems are deeper and more complex than candidates.
Handing millions to Washington based consultants to destroy the candidates they dislike and nominate the candidates they do like is an invitation to cronyism, favoritism and corruption
Stuart Stevens represents a very different problem. Based on our time together on This Week on ABC last Sunday, it seems he is indifferent to the facts and has no sense of responsibility for a presidential campaign that he dominated. Jonathan Karl did a great job drawing out some amazing opinions.
On the disastrous Romney collapse among Latino voters (it was worse, by the way, with Asian Americans), Stuart responded as though the campaign were irrelevant.
The Romney campaign decision to savage first Governor Perry and then me on immigration destroyed any chance to build a Latino-Asian appeal. The Romney formula of self-deportation (which must have seemed clever when invented) led to a collapse of acceptability. The most powerful Obama ad in Spanish language media was Romney talking about self deportation.
The fact that Stevens can’t acknowledge any of this tells you how hard it will be for some in the consultant class to learn anything about winning in the 21st century.
Newt Gingrich is spot on and he hints at something I have suspected. The 2012 Republican Presidential campaign was really a money making scam by washed up Consultants. Both Karl Rove and Stuart Stevens, deceived their candidates and Conservatives voters that Republicans were going to win in 2012. They published crappy polls and ignored real ones that showed Obama with a lead and the true makeup of the electorate.
This attitude of denial about the election and polls did not just mislead Romney, Republican voters were misled. Talk Show radio hosts and Conservative blogs (not this one), lied to their listeners and readers. They told their audience to ignore the polls and that Romney was a cinch to win. This led to the creation of the stupid unskewed polls website which was run by a con artist and was promoted by many Conservative blogs. Too many Conservatives were kept in a bubble to the reality of the election. This bubble was created by Republican consultants like Karl Rove and Stuart Stevens who deceived Romney and Republican voters.
Despite Newt Gingrich’s observations, nothing much has changed since November 6th 2012. Karl Rove is still powerful and many Republicans are denial. Because of this, we are on the verge of a one Party Country where the Democrats will win every Presidential election for the next few cycles. If the GOP does not change its strategy and tactics, they will become irrelevant and could well vanish as a Party after 2016. One way to begin to change is to purge losers like Karl Rove and Stuart Stevens. Until this happens, Republicans will keep losing and Americans do not like losers.