Stevens

My (not very risky) prediction on The McLaughlin Group this weekend was that if Republican angst continued, the knives would come out for Stuart Stevens. Well, they are out. Politico has a story tonight that will be much discussed about Romney campaign infighting. Three quick points: One, even people who like Stevens and wish him well say that he simply has too many jobs within the Romney campaign. Two, I’ve always thought if anyone but the top strategist had been responsible for sending Clint Eastwood out without having any idea what he would say, and for letting him run long and step all over Romney on the most important night of the convention, that person would have been canned. (This is outside the question of whether the Eastwood routine “worked.” I think it probably did; it just didn’t help Romney.) Three, inside-campaign dynamics are always fascinating, but as the story itself notes, this ultimately comes down to the kind of campaign Romney wants to run. If he wants to get more substantive and, say, commit to a Middle East speech, he can do it tomorrow (and he should).

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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