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

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 07:14 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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?’’

Watch Steve Malzberg 3-6 PM ET at www.newsmax.com/live or listen on SiriusXM Satellite Radio America's Talk 166.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

FBI Takes Wendy Davis Documents But Scope of Probe Unclear

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:58 PM

The FBI has control of documents related to Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis' work while she was an attorney for the North T . . .

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Steps Down

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:23 PM

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express is leaving her post so she can focus on the campaign for Senate Minority . . .

SC Gov. Haley in Double-Digit Lead Over Democratic Challenger

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:04 PM

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley holds a substantial lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in this y . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved