October 13, 2012

"All Stephanie [Cutter] wants is results."

"She is an old-school, take-no-prisoners political operative. Losing is not tolerated."
In her role as Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff during the 2008 campaign, Ms. Cutter (who signed on after Mrs. Obama’s widely publicized comment that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country”) is largely credited for turning the would-be first lady from a potential liability to an enormous asset....

In addition, Ms. Cutter helped develop “Let’s Move!,” Mrs. Obama’s childhood-obesity initiative, and prepared Sonia Sotomayor for her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Ms. Cutter’s prep work involved not only peppering Ms. Sotomayor with sample questions and overseeing media coverage, but also taking on the more delicate task of asking Ms. Sotomayor to tone down her giant dangly earrings.

“She has an attention to detail that builds huge confidence on the part of the people she works for and, I say this parenthetically, especially women,” said Anita Dunn, Mr. Obama’s former White House communications director.
Women. Advancing. Right?

89 comments:

cubanbob said...

Governing isn't football. Just winning isn't everything.

paminwi said...

The female version of Lee Atwater?

chrisnavin.com said...

At what cost?

kentuckyliz said...

So if she does her work well, her people win, and continue to signal weakness to the Islamofascists.

Maybe Cutter can work with the Islamofascists to help them improve their image.

America's Politico said...

I love Stephanie Cutter. As a top-notch consultant, only a SO like her could satisfy my thirst for politics. She is the best. I tell you, the best. If Obama wins re-election, I hope she gets to be the Press Secretary, Chief of Staff (or Deputy), or the Cabinet Secretary (that is, a liaison to all Cabinets based in WH-WW, for those who do not understand).

Stephanie has worked with all the best politicians in modern day. No one who is any-one is where he or she is without her consult. The Davids (Plouffe and Axe) are just your generic men. They take credit for other work. SC is the hardest working person in the WH-WW, take it from someone has been in the same room as she has. She is like a fire-storm on a quiet day. Nothing rattles here and nothing scares. She envies no one and she fears no one.

She is the only obstacle between Romney/Ryan and the WH.

bagoh20 said...

The only real talent that I can discern this woman possesses is the ability to say absolutely anything for money. That is a very useful skill in this administrato narcisista.

bagoh20 said...

I can't imagine a better match for A.P. than this woman. You two could breed and produce future Democrat spokeskids.

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

In addition, Ms. Cutter helped develop “Let’s Move!,” Mrs. Obama’s childhood-obesity initiative, . . .

Absolutely doomed to failure, however, as the only child-anti-obesity initiative that would have a prayer of succeeding would be one called and structured around "Let's Eat Way Fewer Carbs".

So, they both get zero credit for "Let's Move", which is based on as much nonsense 'science' as is Creationism.

garage mahal said...

Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team.

rhhardin said...

It wouldn't hurt feminism to up the female game in voting to a male standard.

America's Politico said...

Thank you, bagoh20.

David said...

paminwi said...
The female version of Lee Atwater?


If you take away about 30 IQ points and a sense of humor, you would have the female Atwater.

And Cutter can not play blues guitar.

m stone said...

Unfortunately lately, Stephanie Cutter speaks.

America's Politico said...

Because of the wonderful coverage in NYT, I predict that there are many jealous guys in Chicago. David A., David P., Jim M, etc. All of these generic men are jealous of the great and the best Stephanie Cutter.

She is like James Bond: Bold, Best, and Better.

Maguro said...

An enormous asset, really?

cubanbob said...

David she is no doubt insufferable but she is cute. Thats why she gets away with a lot more nonsense than should otherwise do if she were a man.

AP, you and SC could make such beautiful pizza together and don't forget the cannoli.

pm317 said...

Yeah, women need trust fund bitches like Cutter to advance.

America's Politico said...

CubanBob: After the re-election (OR trashing of the GOP) --you take the pick--, I plan to start a new Pizza place in D.C. It will called the something like: Community Organizer Pizza. We will have the POTUS special (which will be vegan, of course, as my SO GF likes that way).

EDH said...

She garners positive press for Obama from the MSM? Talk about being born on third base...

Accolades which belie her record as a gate keeper of the Taranto Principle.

According to the Taranto Principle, the media's failure to hold left-wingers accountable for bad behavior merely encourages the left's bad behavior to the point that its candidates are repellent to ordinary Americans.

O Ritmo Segundo said...
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O Ritmo Segundo said...

Another one of those posts meant to reveal Ms Althouse's supposed disdain for politics.

Ambrose said...

So she's Obama's woman in charge of women? Is that the deal?

theribbonguy said...

"Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team. "

She is the foulest sort of soul less harpy...so um..no. Much better for the populace at large to associate this thing with your side of the political spectrum.

Quayle said...

Advancing. Becoming the men that oppressed their grandmothers.

somefeller said...
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somefeller said...

Lots of butthurt here. Like Garage Mahal said, most of the people here would love her if she was on their side. And regarding the trust fund comments - once again we see how the supposed love of capitalism turns into right-wing class resentment when a liberal is the one doing well.

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Darrell said...

I expect great things for women coming from an administration that was using the slogan "Bro's Before Ho's" on the campaign trail--under the cover of plausible deniability, of course.

I was not disappointed

Darrell said...

Let's see her in action.

http://www.therightscoop.com/obama-campaign-finally-admits-that-romney-doesnt-have-a-5-trillion-tax-cut-plan/

Clear as mud.

edutcher said...

She and Hillary may be sharing accomodations under the bus real soon.

somefeller said...

Lots of butthurt here.

Sounds like projection.

Like Garage Mahal said, most of the people here would love her if she was on their side. And regarding the trust fund comments - once again we see how the supposed love of capitalism turns into right-wing class resentment when a liberal is the one doing well.

Try again.

Conservatives like Rush, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and even Hannity. There really haven't been any Atwater types recently. The psychos and haters all seem to be on the Left these days.

Karl Rove certainly doesn't fit.

But some phony folksy is kidding himself if he thinks Cutter's doing well. As I say, she's getting out farther and farther on a long limb over the Libya business and her mouth is the saw, cutting it off behind her.

somefeller said...

So Lee Atwater is considered a psycho and a hater now by conservatives, as opposed to solid citizens like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin? Such disrespect for one's political forefathers.

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edutcher said...

somefeller said...

So Lee Atwater is considered a psycho and a hater now by conservatives, as opposed to solid citizens like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin? Such disrespect for one's political forefathers.

I wasn't aware campaign managers qualified as one's political forefathers.

A fetish of the Left, one presumes.

Sammy said...

Ah she's a real charmer .

Unfortunately for the Obama campaign she's in front of the camera unlike in 2008... looking at her smug, arrogant face while she's lying through her teeth is a bit off putting to some voters , especially the undecided , white soccer moms in Ohio, that everyone says will decide this election.

What is it about democrat women,, Pelsoi, this chick, the other WazWhatever her name is...... it's almost scary how they can bullshit without any shame and with such arrogance , a bet if any of them killed someone, they'd pass a lie detector test without a sweat.


But them again she is a true representative of the Obama campaign especially after Fightin' Joe theatrics, wonder what surprises Obama's going to pull after a week in Axelrod's debate boot camp.

somefeller said...

Oh, edutcher, there are lots of things I'm sure you aren't aware of. But that doesn't seem to stop you from rambling, so please carry on. Are there any other notable conservative political figures from the past whom you'd like to describe as haters and psychos? Do tell.

t-man said...

Anita Dunn! The Obama camp welcomes back the Mao-loving Anita Dunn to help with the debate prep. What a riot. Maybe Obama will spend the next debate licking his lips, Dunn-like, the entire time.

Let a hundred flowers bloom!

somefeller said...

Let's start with Barry Goldwater, any pearls of wisdom about him?

Original Mike said...

For a campaign spokesman, I find her remarkably ineloquent and ham-handed. I am amazed that she keeps her job. I can only conclude that either the Obama campaign has a tin ear or she has some leverage over somebody.

Original Mike said...

"Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team."

No way in hell.

Pogo said...

"Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team."

Dunno. Can she lick stamps and stuff envelopes?

edutcher said...

somefeller said...

Oh, edutcher, there are lots of things I'm sure you aren't aware of. But that doesn't seem to stop you from rambling, so please carry on. Are there any other notable conservative political figures from the past whom you'd like to describe as haters and psychos? Do tell.

When some phony folksy hasn't got a rebuttal, he just blathers on about something tangential, trying to change the subject.

And I wasn't aware I described Lee Atwater as a hater or a psycho.

All I said was they all seem to be on the Left these days.

Let's start with Barry Goldwater, any pearls of wisdom about him?

Bill Moyers, you know, Mr Ethics over at PBS, was able to smear him the way your boy Zero tried with Romney.

Too bad times have changed.

yashu said...

I suppose she's as good at her particular job (defending the Obama admin) as anyone could be. That ain't an easy job, folks.

I despise the outfit she works for, but let's put that to one side. I'd say she's better (as a public spokesperson) than Axelrod and Messina-- but a lot of that has to do with surface qualities. Her gender and looks are certainly an asset, one that the Obama campaign (in "war on women" season) is intentionally capitalizing on. But she's much better at it than DWS (who's been too exposed as an out-and-out liar by now).

Yes, IMO Cutter spins lie after lie. But she's like an adwoman or publicity agent. Amoral. The product just happens to be the Obama admin. It's a dirty job, but I guess someone's got to do it, or anyway gonna do it. So why not her?

somefeller said...

And I wasn't aware I described Lee Atwater as a hater or a psycho.

Like I said, there are lots of things you aren't aware of. Starting with the obvious implications of this statement: There really haven't been any Atwater types recently. The psychos and haters all seem to be on the Left these days.

yashu said...

Is it just me, or are the number of Obama spokespeople/ surrogates we typically see in the press... very few?

Axelrod, Messina, Cutter, DWS... and Biden. That's about it, no?

Whereas Romney has his campaign spokespeople, but also former and current governors, mayors, congressmen...

Of course, Obama has much of the MSM, too, doing the bulk of his campaign work for him.

But still-- does it seem to anyone else an unusually narrow and... odd group of people?

garage mahal said...

I find it hard to believe the party that has no problem with the shredding of voter registration forms of the other party has a code of campaign conduct they must strictly adhere to.

ddh said...

Advancing. Right?

That is not right. It's Forward!

Michael K said...

"garage mahal said...
Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team."

No Thanks. You are welcome to the liars. You have most of them anyway.

edutcher said...

somefeller said...

And I wasn't aware I described Lee Atwater as a hater or a psycho.

Like I said, there are lots of things you aren't aware of. Starting with the obvious implications of this statement: There really haven't been any Atwater types recently. The psychos and haters all seem to be on the Left these days.


Once again, some phony folksy shows us why it's dangerous to assume.

It's the Lefties that always say Atwater was a hater and a psycho. I always felt he just beat them at their own game.

PS Tell us more about how Cutter is "doing well".

Seems like she's getting into a;ll kinds of trouble shooting off her mouth.

Darrell said...

Hard to believe that the party that lies to serving military personnel about the absentee voting deadline and otherwise engages to deny them the vote--AND gives us the piece of crap Obama--could even see high ground in a political argument.

Darrell said...

Cutter is the best, right up there with Jamie Gorelick.

AWESOME!

somefeller said...

PS Tell us more about how Cutter is "doing well".

The "doing well" line was a reference to the comments about her supposed trust fund and her getting paid well. Doing well is a term often used in reference to financial success, and that's how I was using the term. I realize that concept is alien to you, so that plus your generally low level of reading comprehension skills probably lead to your confusion on that point. As far as the campaign doing well (different context now), it's not doing as well as it was before the debate, but that's not Cutter's fault and election day is still a few weeks from now.

edutcher said...

Oh, like what they used to say about the missionaries who came to Hawaii,
"They came to do good and ended up doing well"?

No, that concept is so alien to me I didn't understand the gag until right now.

Nice recovery attempt, but you might have been tad more specific.

And Cutter's verbal miscues are certainly hurting the campaign.

Thanks for playing.

Shouting Thomas said...

I was impressed with this woman.

She did a dirty job and smiled. She took one for the team on national TV.

I admire that.

SteveR said...

AP fiddles while Rome burns. Dude get to work

Alex said...

I agree with garage & sf, we'd love her if she were on our team. She's the kind of dirty bastard you need to WIN.

Sammy said...

Oh, please not one person who isn't a partisan and voting for Obama is moved by this women ... and she turns off not only republicans but the people Obama needs to get reelected, the 4% to 5% soft voters, who could go either way in elections.

Alex.. Who is " our team " you were referring to, from your previous comments... you seem move of a Obama supporter or apologist .




Darrell said...

Alex is a double Moby.
I don't know his system but he plays both Democrat and Republican--a couple of times even in the same thread. Performance art or something. If he's in the same room with you, I wouldn't take my eyes off the coffee pot.

Alex said...

Hey I gave up my mobyism several months ago, very publicly. I've even given money to the Romney campaign and my local governor's race.

Darrell said...

So who did you think you were helping with that "we love dirty bastards too" comment? Perhaps you should stick to helping Obama until he loses in November.

rcommal said...

In the Treasury Department, she protected Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s fragile reputation and tried to spin unpopular policies like the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the A.I.G. bailout, a mostly thankless task that did not go unnoticed in Washington.

Eyebrow raised.

rcommal said...

Also:

STEPHANIE CUTTER doesn’t like to talk about herself.

I bet so! She's got and is in and of a position where it'd be stupid to have any other attitude.

She declined to be interviewed for this article.

Now, there's a shock! Not. Except... .

“I really, really, really don’t like profiles,” she wrote in an e-mail.

By disliking "profiles," she means of herself. Painting profiles of others, she's into. Hello!!! That's an intrinsic part of her job, as described in this very article we're discussing--the job that's the precise "why" behind her being featured in the linked NYT profile in the first place. No?

“Is there any way not to do this?”

Malarkey.

Also, no! Of course not.

Whatta loada, so to speak.

whoresoftheinternet said...

Baby killer works hard to make sure the First Babykiller doesn't make any more remarks that not even Walter Cronkite could cover for.

News at 11.

Cedarford said...

Lets just say that the negative perception people have of lawyers and politicians is advanced the most by the people (mostly democratic these days) employed to lie on camera that happen to be lawyers.
Lawyers that relish lying and plagarizing and consider the public knowing they are lying as testament to their intellect and skill as lawyers.

Stephanie Cutter, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (Niel Kinnock) Biden, Hillary, (it depends on what is, is...) Bill Clinton. Hilary Rosen. Anita Dunn. Barack Himself. Nixon. (I'm a Cherokee!) Elizabeth Warren.

And the targets of their duplicitous lawyer vitriol tend to be members of the public or those in public service that are reasonably honest people the lawyers cast as "Lying evil liars who lie, lie, lie".
Call it projection..on the forked tongue lawyers part.

And Democrat lawyers tend to be the main players at this. For every Lee Atwater, there seems to be 10-15 liberal Democrat lawyers who do it.
So their protestations like "what about Lee Atwater?" tend to ring as hollow as a radical Muslim Islamoid protesting after the 25th straight Islamoid terror attack, "What about Timothy McVeigh?"

Why the preponderance of lying lawyers on the democrat side?

1. They are in the Leftist tradition of the Jewish Bolsheviks, Herbert Marcuse, the socialist fascists on the left inspired by the methodical application the Bolsheviks did to lie to advance power. The socialist Saul Alinsky and the Gramsican school.
2. Like-minded liberals and progressive Jews in the media let them get away with lie after lie until an Anthony Weiner has to be cast overboard as too eggregious a liar in service of his perversions to ignore,



Cedarford said...

Sammy said...
Oh, please not one person who isn't a partisan and voting for Obama is moved by this women ... and she turns off not only republicans but the people Obama needs to get reelected, the 4% to 5% soft voters, who could go either way in elections.

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Only her WASPy trust fund baby good looks keep her on the air. You will notice that in recent times the Obamites have been smart enough to keep camera-loving but repulsive "lyin' lawyers" like Chuck Schumer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hilary Rosen off-screen as much as possible.

They figured out that DWS was seen as a hated figure by most the people in the middle - another stupid, but smart-mouthed NYC Jew - a repellant penisless Anthony Weiner. And yanked her off the air about a month and a half ago.

They haven't quite figured that WASP Stephanie Cutter is while good-looking and more poised a liar than DWS...just as reptilian to voters in the middle. And the DNC frequently has to clean up after Cutter when she goes to far. "WH Spokesman disputed Cutter's claim that Romney and the people at Bain are felons. And Bill Clinton weighed in saying Bain has a sterling reputation"

Ooooops, Stephanie!!

Republicans actually should be happy with Rosen, Cutter, Axelrod, and Wasserman-Schultz if they let her back from Siberia in the last weeks....they "peel the bark" as Atwater put it...off the facade of the Obamites as somehow different from run of the mill corrupt and dishonest Chicago pols.

Nomennovum said...

"Women. Advancing. Right?"

You shall not pass!

Nomennovum said...

...repellant penisless Anthony Weiner ..."

Ahem. I think this, at least, has been proven not to be so.

Joe Schmoe said...

Sammy touches on my immediate reaction. There are a lot of Democrat women, Cutter, Pelosi, Wasserman-Schultz, Rosen, who will say anything to prop up their team.

I'm not sure if it's so much like taking pride as an effective liar as it is complete immersion in their political dogma. It's like they've become a cult acolyte, and when they say something that totally contradicts a situation, like when Cutter says Benghazi was only an issue as a political prop, or when Pelosi whistled past the graveyard just before the 2010 midterm elections, they lose credibility. When you abdicate your judgement, and are fed wildly inaccurate lines that you repeat on national TV, then you're not making progress for women. You've become no better than a parrot.

Brad said...

Someone who will spout any nonsense available to protect "her team" and attack the "enemy" ...

Like, you know, the whole gang at MSNBC.

We need fewer Stephanie Cutters in politics - and the media.

Mick said...

Cutter is another "lean forward" America hating, Usurper enabling traitor, and fellow traveler of the One World Left Wing America destroyers. What's the penalty for treason? There are many in government and judiciary who are guilty.

When there is no legal President, then there is no Constitution and no law. The first American Republic is already gone. The tree must be watered.

AprilApple said...

So Stephanie, four people were not murdered in Libya, on YOUR president's watch?

Tank said...

Con Woman.

Really, she's perfect for this admin [and most others].

Skilled at various methods of deception.

Curious George said...

She is nothing more than a whore.

And for sure no genius.

She will be a star in DNC circles.

Shouting Thomas said...

She is nothing more than a whore.

I'm struggling to understand why you guys have such a low opinion of whores.

There are only good whores and bad whores.

I'm always in favor of people doing their job. A good whore is a thing of beauty.

This woman is just doing her job, and taking a bullet for the team. Give her some credit.

Curious George said...

"Shouting Thomas said...
I'm struggling to understand why you guys have such a low opinion of whores."

Because a whore is supposed to fuck the one who pays her. In this case she's fucking all the rest of us.

McGehee said...

"largely credited for turning the would-be first lady from a potential liability to an enormous asset...."

:facepalm:

"Stephanie, does this outfit make my asset look enormous?"

cubanbob said...

Cedaford will be pleased to know that DWS is now only 4 points ahead of her republican rival, in a district that is heavily Jewish and liberal. Imagine that, Jews and democrats voting for a republican. Must warm the cockles of your fascist heart. Go Harrington!

furious_a said...

"Love to hate her, but wished she were on your team."

Sorry, she's a better-looking Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Even CNN isn't buying it. PROVE IT! PROVE IT!!

LarsPorsena said...

"Sorry, she's a better-looking Debbie Wasserman-Schultz"

Better Looking? Don't know about that. Cutter looks like she's wearing Hilary's old pants suits.

Lynn Meadows said...

Wait wait..don't tell me...Karl Rove is Jesus Christ and an uppity woman needs to get back in the kitchen?

She does what she does exceedingly well and from my point of view tells the truth and promotes her position.

This can only threaten the GOP base who promote the mantra of barefoot and pregnant.

Lynn Meadows said...

and as to your attacks on Wasserman-Schultz, I spent 2 months as a volunteer in her last campaign and have never met a more engaged, caring and generous person in my life - husband included. She serves her district and all in it no matter what or who or what political affiliation.

Are you throwing up Eric Kantor as the gold standard? That miserable f..k is just a cheap suit in comparison.

Nomennovum said...

Lindsey Meadows! You've changed your name! Why? Lynn seems so much less ... sensuous.

Otherwise, not much of a change. Too bad.

SunnyJ said...

Ms Cutter sets women back 50 yrs, to the false notion that for women to succeed they need to be harsher, dress & look like men in the office, kick ass and take no prisoners 100% of the time.

Jesus, Joseph and Mary and all the boats at see...give that phony feminism up please.

She's a paid political hack, that will say and/or do anything for who ever is high payer. What's new there?

This is more of the really old idea that women vote their body parts. What the heck has happened here, that makes it "cool" to describe ourselves as vaginas when we spent yrs working against the sexist notion that were "tits and ass"? Who exactly is it that is trying to sell us that doing this to ourselves is some how noble, while men doing it to us is sexist?

If there was ever a dose of Camille Paglia needed, its now. If my 20 yo daughter conducted herself that way, or my son...they'd have found my boot up their ass. Same goes for Biden...who's got 11 yo that act like that? Yeah, exactly.

This is why bipartisan cannot be accomplished. You have one side in the debate and conduct of business that's decided this behavior is cool. Apparently too much South Park, Daily & Colbert. They no longer can tell the difference between tv satire and real life.

Do not want this person on any team I'm part of, especially teams that are managing the wealth and health of our republic. This is a person that wins in the short run, but eventually customers find out the wheels don't stay on the wagon..and then it's yrs before you can get your reputation back.

McGehee said...

"Wasserman-Schultz, I spent 2 months as a volunteer in her last campaign"

:pats on head:

That's nice sweetie. Now go bring me a beer, m'kay?

gk1 said...

Hey, Susan Cutter sucks and I am so happy she is working for Obama. Increasingly she looks very puffy eyed like she been crying in between interviews. I guess she is reading the polls and knows the real score.

gk1 said...

Yashu makes a good point, I agree with. The obama crowd has very few surrogates getting up and making the case for keeping "the won". They have to shuffle Gibbs, Axelrod, Cutter to make the case while everyone else heads toward the exits. It will be interesting if we see Bill again after his wife was thrown under the bus last week.

Jason said...

Wasserman-Schultz is one district away from me: I'm in the impeached, disgraced, removed-from-office-by-the-Senate former judge Alcee Hastings' district.

Debbie is, personally, a sweetheart.

Unfortunately, she's also a willing stooge, and a national embarrassment... primarily useful to the party because she's willing to whore out her personal reputation to say whatever inane talking points they give her, because they thought she was in a safe district.

She's like a drug-addict whore with a heart of gold like you see in novels and movies and Russian novels from time to time.

Cutter? Total fucking turn-off. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. I'd be happy to buy Debbie a cosmo in a Fort Lauderdale watering hole, just for being a sweetie, even if she is a drooling idiot.

Would't give the time of day to Cutter.

rcommal said...

What the heck has happened here, that makes it "cool" to describe ourselves as vaginas when we spent yrs working against the sexist notion that were "tits and ass"?

Exactly. Exactly. EXACTLY.

!!!

Hey, I've got my various resentments, too--and this, **absolutely**, is one of the various. A stand-out, even.

yashu said...

Continuing my thought (though probably too late for anyone to read it, but I'll comment anyway).

All the usual Obama spokespeople/ surrogates are people "on the inside," as it were. All part of the White House inner circle, all people who work directly for Obama. More specifically: Obama campaign people. Not people with any substantive duties in the Obama admin other than: (re)elect Obama. (Axelrod of course seems to have a powerful and substantive role in the Obama admin itself, not just the campaign; but that's because the essence of the Obama admin itself, the core of it, seems to be something of a "permanent campaign.")

All of Obama's spokespeople are, as it were, his publicity agents. That's their only (or primary) job.

Whereas Romney surrogates seem to be a much wider and diverse group of people, not all of whom are "on the inside" of the campaign, not all of whom work for him. Some are his ex-rivals.

It's only circumstantial, but-- it seems that a group like the former would be more apt to present a concerted web of lies than the latter (which includes, as it were, freer agents, and people who have their own reputation/ cred/ office, apart from Romney, to protect).

True, in part I'm comparing apples to oranges, an incumbent administration to a challenger's campaign. But in a way that ironically accentuates the point: most of Obama's (the incumbent admin's) surrogates are people who specialize in campaigning, selling a candidate or party. Whereas Romney's surrogates are, more often than not, statesmen or legislators (people who are or have been in political office), or involved in private enterprise-- people doing and running things. Other than a campaign.

Kirk Parker said...

"...an enormous asset"

Wow, just wow.