Losing Romney Adviser: ‘Everything We Know About Politics has to be Wrong for Trump to Win’

AP Photo/Evan Vucci
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine speaks to Stuart Stevens, who guided Mitt Romney’s campaign to a historic loss in 2012 and is out with a new book.

As Republicans prepare to gather for the second primary debate on Wednesday, Stevens talked about the race for 2016, why Republicans need to reach out to black voters, and how Obama is really a conservative.

You write in the book that the cruelest lesson in life, and sports, is what if? So what if Donald Trump becomes president?
[Laughs.] He’s not. He’s not! This goes down to, how am going to play in the next Super Bowl? It’s not going to happen. For Donald Trump to win, everything we know about politics has to be wrong. And I don’t think it is. The timing of when it falls apart is always more difficult to know than inevitably that it will.

It’s like that Hemingway quote: “How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
Yes. I think there’s a lot of that in politics.

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