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    Trump was a lifelong Democrat. But he ran for the Presidency as a Republican. And Stevens knows why:



    “It was all a lie”



    WEST ALLIS, WI - NOVEMBER 02: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (C) sits backstage with advisor Stuart Stevens (L) and personal aide Garrett Jackson (R) before a campaign rally at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park on November 2, 2012 in West Allis, Wisconsin. With less than one week to go before election day, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Wisconsin and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) GOP strategist Stuart Stevens (with Mitt Romney)

    This was a stunning indictment coming from a longtime political consultant who had toiled on five Republican presidential campaigns and numerous Senate and gubernatorial races. “The Republican Party has been a cartel,” Stevens said excitedly. “And no one asks a cartel, ‘What’s your ideological purpose?’ You don’t ask OPEC, ‘What’s your ideology?’ You don’t ask a drug gang, ‘What’s your program?’ The Republicans exist for the pursuit of power for no purpose.”

    He huffed that the Republican Party had not merely drifted away from its core positions, as sometimes occurs with political parties: “Fair trade, balanced budgets, character, family values, standing up to foreign adversaries like Russia—we’re all against that now. You have to ask, ‘Does someone abandon deeply held beliefs in three or four years?’ No. It means you didn’t ever hold them.” He added: “I feel like a guy who was working for Bernie Madoff.”

    Stevens, an erudite fellow who is also a novelist and a travel writer, has become an emblematic ex-Republican. He once believed in GOP ideals and ideas. Now he saw it all as a huge con. His new book is a confession and cri de coeur. The first line is blunt: “I have no one to blame but myself.” In these pages, Stevens self-flagellates, calling himself a “fool” for his decades of believing—and lying to himself—that the Republican Party was based on “a core set of values.” Acknowledging his role, Stevens writes, “So yes, blame me. Blame me when you look around and see a dysfunctional political system and a Republican Party that has gone insane.” The book offers one overarching prescription for the GOP: “Burn it to the ground and start over.”
    Stevens now argues that Trump’s rise was not a fluke that the party can sidestep or survive. “This is the complete moral collapse of a governing party of a major superpower,” he remarked. He wonders how he could have been blind to the GOP’s racism and turpitude for so long. “It is hard to see this when you’re in the middle of it,” he said. “The only analogy I can find is the collapse of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, when the difference between reality and what is believed became so disjointed. I should’ve seen this. I did see this, but I wanted to believe the crazies were a minority.”

    David Corn



    I can say that Nicole Wallace believed her party actually held its purported values. She says again and again, "What happened to my party?" She was a White House Press Secretary for Bush. Who gave us the Patriot Act. What was she thinking then, I wonder.

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    This is Stevens' book cover.


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    Here's the full interview if you can bear through it...
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    lol ... OMG!
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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