According to Buzzfeed, Mitt Romney’s advisers did not recommend Paul Ryan.
For reasons you may have guessed, his advisers had reservations about the prospect of becoming the sole owner and shareholder of the Paul Ryan “Path to Poverty” budget.
Mitt Romney appears to have picked Paul Ryan as his running mate over the objections of top political advisors, offering a glimpse at the leadership style of the Republican nominee in the most important decision of his campaign.
Romney’s aides have stressed publicly in the 24 hours since Romney electrified conservatives with his choice that the pick was the governor’s alone. They have been less forthcoming on the flip side: That much of his staff opposed the choice for the same reason that many pundits considered it unlikely — that Ryan’s appealingly wonky public image and a personality Romney finds copasetic will matter far less than two different budget plans whose details the campaign now effectively owns.
“Everybody was against [Ryan] to start with only Romney for,” said one top Republican, who is skeptical of the choice and griped that Romney’s top advisors have “been giving Mitt everything he wanted in this campaign.”
And like your average golden-parachuted CEO, when this campaign fails Romney will ride off into the sunset while his campaign staff become infamous for taking part in one of worst campaigns ever.
It’s possible we give the likes of Eric Fehrnstrom and Ed Gillespie too much credit for their malfeasance. Not that I’m advising leniency, because none shall be given here, but it seems that Mitt’s own arrogant genius is more often than not the reason for his campaign’s shortcomings.