Stuart Stevens, former Romney campaign advisor, reviews two books on 2012 election
In his latest article for the Daily Beast, former chief Romney 2012 advisor Stuart Stevens weighs in on two books about the 2012 election — the gossipy "Double Down," by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and the wonky "The Gamble," by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck. Stevens praises both books, which he claims work well together as complementary pieces, but quibbles with the former's telling of at least one key 2012 moment.
That moment is the infamous performance by Clint Eastwood during the Republican National Convention, during which Eastwood free-associated a meandering and frequently bizarre conversation with an empty chair that was supposed to represent President Obama. "Double Down" reports that the disastrous performance led Stevens to vomit in dismay; but Stevens writes, "My recounting to colleagues that the Eastwood moment made me sick gets taken a bit literally," implying he did no such thing. (Ultimately, however, Stevens says this is not "really important," because "Double Down" gets to the emotional essence of what it's like to work on a presidential campaign.)