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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:47 AM

Hot Scoop: Even Mitt Couldn’t Stand Donald Trump

Hot Scoop: Even Mitt Couldn’t Stand Donald Trump
by Ben Jacobs
November 8th, 2012 | Pop Culture | Press & Politics | Reviews | Smartest Post


The first tell-all expose from the Romney campaign emerged yesterday. In it, McKay Coppins from Buzzfeed revealed that like most of America, Mitt Romney’s campaign finds Donald Trump irritating. According to Coppins:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/the-donald-problem

Several of the campaign staffers in Boston had grown so sick of Trump’s demands that they refused to deal with him anymore.

The task of keeping him happy, then, fell mainly to campaign press secretary Andrea Saul, a natural schmoozer with a disarming Georgia accent and an inordinate tolerance for BS. Trump’s entourage called campaign headquarters constantly, eagerly passing along strategy ideas from their boss, and the calls were always patched through to Saul’s office. Her desk became littered with Trump aides’ business cards, and post-it notes reminding her to call them back. (Saul did not respond to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.)

The surprise of Coppins’ story is that this irritation didn’t erupt in the autumn, when Trump was loudly proclaiming his doubts about President Obama’s college records to anyone who would listen. This was before Trump even endorsed Romney at the beginning of February. By the general election, the situation, as Coppins described was:

But even after all the hassle, Romney was extremely reluctant to publicly cut ties with Trump. Some in the campaign worried it would draw unnecessary attention to an episode they’d rather be forgotten in the general election, while others thought Trump might turn his powers of provocation on Romney if they snubbed him — drawing the ire of that elusive “base.”

So Trump barreled along toward Election Day, ostensibly supporting Romney but ultimately unwilling to do what was necessary to get him elected (in this case, laying low and keeping his mouth shut). He used Romney’s candidacy as a vehicle to rail against the president he hated, and when he was feeling generous, he occasionally paid lip service to the Republican nominee.


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http://daily-download.com/mitt-stand-donald-trump/

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kpete Nov 2012 OP
lalalu Nov 2012 #1
PA Democrat Nov 2012 #7
FarPoint Nov 2012 #2
lalalu Nov 2012 #3
FarPoint Nov 2012 #4
Old and In the Way Nov 2012 #6
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #5

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:50 AM

1. Crazy Uncle Donald is on the phone.

 

Who wants to take this?

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Response to lalalu (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:07 AM

7. LOL.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:50 AM

2. Romney never had control of his campaign.

He was "handled" through the entire endevor. Once the Monster Super Pac's got involved,,,Romney was just following directions.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:52 AM

3. Very similar to Bush jr.

 

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Response to lalalu (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:59 AM

4. Yes...I agree

the difference was *bush probably could be dangerous if he was fed lies by the team. Romney...he was "handled by management".

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 AM

6. Very interesting observation.

$390MM worth of investments comes with a pricetag. Was Romney really in control of his campaign when this kind of money is involved? I really would like to understand the details of donations to both campaigns this cycle. I suspect that Romney had far fewer total small donations (under $50) than Obama had. If a few hundred people are financing your campaign, you're going to pay attention to their needs because their contributions are made with an expectation of a ROI.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:01 AM

5. Andrea Saul looks like that mean sorority girl who blackballed you during rush

nt

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