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C. Edmund Wright: GOP Needs 'Reality'-based Consultants

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 07:14 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

The Republican Party must oust its longtime consultants and replace them with advisers who come from a world of “reality,’’ noted political columnist and author C. Edmund Wright.

“It’s not just Karl Rove [who] has certainly been, for about 12 or 13 years, the face of the establishment messaging machine,’’ Wright — author of “WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost ... Again’’ — said on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

“This is a group [of consultants] that called Newt Gingrich the devil and then turned around and called Obama a nice guy and they thought they could win an election that way. And it’s admirably absurd.’’

Wright said he had a private conversation with a major super PAC donor at the Conservative Political Action Conference gathering last weekend and urged him to “invest in some people besides Karl Rove.’’

“I said, you need to invest in a consultant that comes from the world of business and reality, not a consultant class that’s made up of folks who got out of Georgetown Law — daddy made a phone call, got him a job,’’ he said.

“They become a lobbyist, and the next thing you know they’re a consultant or a strategist, and you watch them on Fox or you watch them on MSNBC and you wonder what planet they are from. Well, they’re not from the real world, that’s the problem.’’

Wright said both John McCain and Mitt Romney missed major chances to take down Democrats.

“McCain, he had the chance in 2008 to make the case that liberals had made borrowing too easy and drilling too hard, and that’s why our economy crashed. But McCain didn’t understand that. He didn’t make the case,’’ Wright said.

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan certainly understand it but, for some reason, Karl Rove and the consultants said, ‘Look … some of the people think that Bush crashed the economy. You have to agree with that and try and win an election anyway.’’’

He said too often Republican consultants “take a poll, take a focus group, and instead of trying to use that as the beginning point of voter education, they use it as the endpoint of campaign capitulation.

“They say, okay, we’ll agree that [George] Bush caused the mess and we’ll agree that Bush and [Dick] Cheney had nothing to do with getting bin Laden and we’ll agree that Sarah Palin’s an idiot, but vote for us anyway. How does that work?’’

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