Incredible! Romney camp disses Ryan by leaking word that Christie was first choice for veep!
When the book is finally written on this year’s presidential campaign, whole chapters will have to be devoted to the incompetence and utter stupidity of the people who have been running Mitt Romney’s effort.
Take, for example, THIS:
One of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign has been the curious and sometimes controversial performances of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Now, campaign insiders tell POLITICO that Christie was Mitt Romney’s first choice for the Republican ticket, lending an intriguing new context to the continuing drama around the Garden State governor.
The strong internal push for Christie, and Romney’s initial instinct to pick him as his running mate, reflects how conflicted the nominee remained about choosing a running mate until the very end of the process. At least on the surface, Christie and Paul Ryan are about as opposite as two Republicans could be: a brash outsider from the Northeast versus a bookish insider from the heartland.
And yet Romney switched from Christie to Ryan in a span of about two weeks, according to a detailed inside account provided to POLITICO.
Romney was so close to picking Christie that some top advisers at the campaign’s Boston headquarters believed the governor had been offered the job.
The POLITICO story goes into further detail about how the veep decision eventually went against Christie and then concludes with this:
Now, some Romney friends and donors are irked by Christie’s embrace of Obama this week, which one referred to as “over the top.”“If Romney wins, it won’t be forgotten,” the adviser said. “If Romney loses, it doesn’t matter.”
This is all so amazingly dumb. It’s one thing for campaign insiders to pass along inside-baseball stuff like this after the election. But to share it with a reporter just a few days before the nation chooses between the Romney-Ryan ticket and the incumbent Democratic administration is nothing short of political malpractice.
How is Paul Ryan supposed to feel about public disclosure of his second-choice status? How likely is it that Christie, in the wake of his high praise of President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy, will now reassert his fidelity to the Republican ticket?
This episode is even more stupid than when one of Romney’s campaign guys publicly admitted to the now-infamous Etch-A-Sketch strategy.