Former Romney adviser blasts top surrogates for now 'eviscerating' Romney
Dan Senor is seen talking with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on October 20 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
November 21st, 2012
10:43 AM ET
7 years ago

Former Romney adviser blasts top surrogates for now 'eviscerating' Romney

(CNN) - A former senior adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign skewered some of the GOP nominee's surrogates Wednesday, saying it was "stunning" how they preened for administration positions when they thought Romney would win but then turned on the candidate as soon as he lost the election.

Dan Senor recalled an anecdote at the large rally held in Ohio the Friday before Election Day earlier this month. He said some of the event's major headliners were praising the candidate backstage and had begun engaging Romney's transition team.

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"I won't mention their names, but they're talking about Romney like he's Reagan. You know, 'The debate performances were the best debate performances of any Republican nominee in presidential history. This guy–he's iconic.' They were talking about him because they believed he was going to win in four or five days," Senor said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"In fact, some of them were already talking to our transition to position themselves for a Romney cabinet," he added.

Still not naming names, Senor said the tone dramatically changed in the days following Romney's loss, as many top GOP leaders conducted post-mortem analysis of the campaign.

"I won't say who they are. They know who they are. They were on television. I mean, it was unbelievable. It was five, six days later, (they were) absolutely eviscerating him," he said.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been perhaps the highest-profile surrogate to lambast Romney since Election Day. The Republican governor sharply took issue with Romney's post-election comments in a phone call with donors, in which he said Obama won the election by offering policy "gifts" to constituencies in his base, such as Hispanics, young people and African Americans.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also railed against Romney for the comments.

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  1. Anthony

    Romney is doing a good job of eviscerating himself. Romney does not have a political future, so he can, for the first time in a long time, be himself. By insulting Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and young women, saying that their votes were bought, Romney is saying what he really believes. Republicans who share Romney's beliefs have a decision to make. Do they want to write off voters from these groups, now and in the future? If Republicans think that they can win by insulting these groups, go right ahead.

    November 21, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |

    A social conservative Romney would still be the best for America and the world right now - if the whole Obama Admin were to be dissolved for any of various reasons now brewing, what are the constitutional options for replacing them? Just asking.

    November 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    bonjour street smart 🙂

    November 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    "They Built It"

    Now Live In It.....

    They Made It

    Now, Sleep in it...
    We have been living in the "economic growth" that resulted from a decade of conservative ideology and GWB's Trickle Down Economics for at least four years now. That's reality. Did you forget why the economy is in such bad shape? The conservatives wreck the family by driving it into a ditch, and now you want to condemn the tow truck operator because your the family car doesn't run.

    November 21, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I'm hardly a Romney fan, but Mitt's "gifts" comments were being made by talking heads soon after the election was lost. As repugnant as I think they are, I'm shocked that HE specifically, is being slammed for them. Where's all the outrage for BillO, etc.? Unfortunately, they get a pass and Mittens has to take the fall for repeating their cr*p comments... Typical gutless politicians.

    November 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney had a lot of losing help; John Sununu, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh, Koch Bros et al, Karl Rove, O'Reilly, his five(5) sons, Grover Norquist, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, John McCain, and many more. Gosh he's even got people like Newt Gingrich still running around the country "helping himself" which is more proof the Republicans will never make any changes.

    November 21, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. rs

    The candidate often does badly after the election- after all they are the point person- the very personality and mouthpeice of the party they represent and the very focus of the electoral process. As such it might be surprising if Romeny didn't wind up with a few bruises.

    But look, the real issue here is what do Republicans learn from all this? This is a work in progress and we're only now seeing their thought processes in action. From a consumerist point of view, I certainly couldn't buy what Romney was selling- so my point of view is hardly without bias. But if the GOP wants my vote, all I can say is that the "we weren't "conservative" enough" line of thinking won't win me over- nor, I suspect the greater majority of Americans. I want stuff to get done, and Republicans simply don't show a whole lot of willingness to demonstrate anything but "my way or the highway" thinking. The rather moderate positions of the President won the day- something Mr. Romney could only approximate when he abandoned the ultra-Right stands he took early on in the electoral process.
    In the end we need a vaiable, two party choice- and IMHO- the GOP isn't there-yet.

    November 21, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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