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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 12:34 PM

Romney Strategist: What I'm gonna do is support Democrats because ...

Former Romney Republican Strategist Stuart Stevens recently appeared on TV and said he will be voting democratic. He gave specific reasons.


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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 04:07 PM

1. Link to his 7/29/2020 NY Times editorial:

This is behind a paywall, so to avoid violating copyright law I'll post just a bit of it here for reference:

I Hope This Is Not Another Lie About the Republican Party
But it might be lost forever.

By Stuart Stevens
Mr. Stevens is a Republican political consultant.

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, commissioned an internal party study to examine why the party had won the popular vote only once since 1988.

The results of that so-called autopsy were fairly obvious: The party needed to appeal to more people of color, reach out to younger voters, become more welcoming to women. Those conclusions were presented as not only a political necessity but also a moral mandate if the Republican Party were to be a governing party in a rapidly changing America.

Then Donald Trump emerged and the party threw all those conclusions out the window with an almost audible sigh of relief: Thank God we can win without pretending we really care about this stuff. That reaction was sadly predictable.

I spent decades working to elect Republicans, including Mr. Romney and four other presidential candidates, and I am here to bear reluctant witness that Mr. Trump didnít hijack the Republican Party. He is the logical conclusion of what the party became over the past 50 or so years, a natural product of the seeds of race-baiting, self-deception and anger that now dominate it. Hold Donald Trump up to a mirror and that bulging, scowling orange face is todayís Republican Party.

I saw the warning signs but ignored them and chose to believe what I wanted to believe: The party wasnít just a white grievance party; there was still a big tent; the others guys were worse. Many of us in the party saw this dark side and told ourselves it was a recessive gene. We were wrong. It turned out to be the dominant gene.
More at link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/opinion/trump-republican-party-racism.html

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