Now Mitt Romney's chief campaign advisor, Stuart Stevens has raised a helluva brouhaha by pouring more gasoline on Fox News' fire breathers insisting ...I want to be sure I have this right ...that the final election count betrays what would amount to a moral victory for the ex-governor.
In an Op-Ed column in the Washington Post this week, Stevens argued,
"In the debates and in sweeping [!] rallies across the country, Romney captured the imagination of millions of Americans. He spoke for those who felt disconnected from the Obama vision of America. He handled the unequaled[!] pressures of a campaign with a natural grace and good humor that contrasted sharply with the angry bitterness of his critics."
( Stevens didn't mention it, but Romney also sang "America" off-key with the same tone deafness in which he ignored the rising voices of those groups who were dead set on votitng against him.)
But about that 3.5 million popular vote Obama victory margin.
Undaunted by mere numbers, Stevens characterized the outcome as a moral victory for Mitt because he captured a majority of voters who earn more than $50,,000 a year - as opposed to, well, let's not go into that.
If Stevens had any regrets about the campaign, it was simply that the Romney side got the message too late to reach out to the various subgroups of the white guys. Which I guess you might ask, what took them so long?
Still, Stevens concluded that the race came down to
"Republican ideas vs. fundamental Democratic ideas. It was about lower taxes or higher taxes, less government or more government, more freedom or less freedom. And Republican ideals - Mitt Romney carried the day.
"On Nov. 6, that wasn't enough to win. But it was enough to make us proud and to build on the future."Stevens is a film writer and ardent athletic adventurer who is said to have once skied the final 100 miles to the North Pole. But in acrobatically declaring that Romney was a veritable winner who fought for the essential core of America, he may have been inspired by Sen. Henry Clay, who gave us the historic line:
"I'd rather be right than president."
Clay, a failed presidential candidate himself, was referring to his abolitionist views on slavery.
Unlike Clay, there were times when it was impossible to know what Mitt was talking about.
The same can be said about his man Stuart Stevens.