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November 7, 2012

The Romney Brain Trust and the Length of the Shadows

A political question after last night is, how much stock do you put in a shadow?

Most amateur political scientists would recognize Romney advisers Beth Myers and Ed Gillespie. They’ve been around for years and have worked on several campaigns.  So has the man in the middle, former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and uber-Neocon Dan Senor.  Senor’s role in the Romney campaign included a close advisory position to Ryan as well as Romney. His first star faded with the unpopular Bush Administration; his latest star faded last night as he, his fellow Neocons, and the Neocon foreign policy philosophy ultimately failed to undermine either the President or the State Department.

While the American memory might be short, it’s not amnesiac. As the GOP distractedly looks for more useful scapegoats and Obama’s reelection leaves him in command of the foreign policy narrative (and the sorting out of Benghazi), the Neocons and Senor are likely destined for the shadows for some time.

The rest of this picture is more ambiguous.

Sure, Gillespie and Myers had to publicly endure last night’s stinging blow. At the same time, however, Washington is nothing if not a town full of skilled hired guns. And having taken such a weak product – one Gillespie only fully inherited late in the game – and injected fresh life into it, it would be a mistake to see the shadow here as blanketing the operatives equally. Rather, by nearly taking down The Mustache by strategically turning Romney, yet again, into a moderate (and free of the sway of people like Senor), I’d guess Gillespie will get plenty of business from a party in such disarray.

(screenshot: NBC)

  • Stan B.

    The Great White Bastion has been permanently breached- that’s the tsunami they’re struggling to keep their necks over. They now realize that even their super pacs will not carry them through the big ones. They either open their party to what they abhor the most (the wretched hordes of mud people) or they condemn themselves to winning only locally. How many will openly admit to that reality remains to be seen- remember this is the party that “creates their own reality,” the one “not ruled by fact checkers.”

    It’s gonna be fun watching, lotsa infighting, lotsa blame game, and of course, throw in a monster sized, non reality based “scandal” fit for impeachment aimed straight at Obama.

    • LanceThruster

      Shouldn’t the blame go to the primary voters who nominated an inferior product?

  • Stan B.

    And exactly which primary contender was not an inferior product? The Republican Party as it stands is one criminally incestuous abomination of religious fundamentalists and ultra right whackos using and feeding off each other’s delusional fantasies of a nation ruled by Whites and an afterlife spent in the warm embrace of a blonde haired Jesus.

  • LanceThruster

    I stand corrected. The GOP needs a “None of the above” primary choice, though the candidate pool seems pretty stagnant regardless.

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