Romney’s supporters damn him even as they praise him
Typical narrative: A journalist or editorialist reports on a flaw in the Romney line. Romney tactical response: enjoin a surrogate or surrogates to issue paens of flattering praise that directly address the flaw. The problem: surrogates can be unreliable. Or they may say more than you want to them to say. Consider Bullock’s panygeric issued by deseretnews.com.
I vividly recall a conversation with Mitt regarding what each of us would do after the Games. After speculating on different possibilities, Mitt said, “It doesn’t really matter what we do next, we just need to focus on putting on great Games.” His focus was singular. He was working on the task at hand. Only near the very end did he seriously begin to consider alternatives … more
Consider: It doesn’t matter what we do next? Only near the very end did he seriously begin to consider alternatives? This explains a lot about the (mis)management of the Romney campaign
- on logistical grounds (detailed here, here, and here),
- on strategic grounds (e.g. his outmaneuvering of himself, detailed here).
The title of Bullock’s panygeric: “Romney extraordinary leader”.
Extraordinary, yes. But in what sense?