Romney’s new campaign director: Sheryl Gay Stolberg has spotted a problem with Mitt Romney’s campaign.
On the front page of today’s New York Times, she describes the lingering problem:
STOLBERG (8/25/12): Next week, Mr. Romney will go to Tampa, Fla., to accept the Republican nomination for president, after months on the campaign trail casting himself as Mr. Fix-it, a turnaround specialist whose business experience can revive a struggling economy. There, his advisers will seek to humanize Mr. Romney, who has had trouble connecting with ordinary voters.Romney hasn’t offered “a crisis narrative,” the kind of biographical story other politicians have used to inspire Americans. As she continues, Stolberg suggests a solution to this nagging problem:
But what his campaign has not offered, to date, is a crisis narrative, the kind of biographical story of overcoming hardship that other politicians have used to define themselves and inspire other Americans.
STOLBERG (continuing directly): The French car crash and Ann Romney’s illness provide such a narrative; they are dark moments—bookends of sorts—in what otherwise has seemed a charmed existence. Both offer clues into Mr. Romney’s character, and the way he reacts to challenges. He is both forward-looking and inward-looking, practical and deeply private, with a consultant’s instinct for identifying solutions even in the most personally trying times.If the campaign can’t craft this "crisis narrative," Stolberg seems eager to do it for them! On today’s front page, she discusses two moments in Romney’s life which provide the inspiration his campaign hasn’t given us yet.
Is Stolberg still a journalist? Or is she a strategist for Candidate Romney? This morning, she doesn’t seem sure.
Might we suggest another “dark moment” from Romney’s life which might “offer clues into his character?” This moment led to very bad outcomes for people not in his family.
We’ll suggest the moment we’ve mentioned all year—the looting of GS Technology, the story the New York Times has simply refused to report. Our question: How did workers’ pensions get “underfunded” at this company while Romney was lugging off big wads of cash? Why was Bain unable to meet its obligations regarding these people's health care?
The New York Times has refused to report this story, even though Reuters offered a detailed report on this episode all the way back in January. The Times still hasn’t reported this “dark” episode—although this morning, Stolberg offers us two dark moments which we might find inspiring.
Who knows? Maybe the Times will report on Bain’s alleged looting before the campaign is finished. But this morning, Stolberg virtually volunteers as a campaign assistant to Romney. Right there on the Times front page, she notes that Romney hasn’t performed a key task.
And so she openly volunteers to perform the key task for him!
Just a guess: The liberal world will stare into air, as the liberal world typically does. Liberal careers go through the Times.
For that reason, some things can’t be said.