From “Romney advisers at odds over Libya,” Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, Politico:
“Advisers to Mitt Romney are split over how broadly and aggressively to attack President Barack Obama for his handling of foreign policy following the death of the U. S. ambassador to Libya….
“Some aides are arguing that the campaign has been given a huge gift: a new opening to argue White House failure and incompetence.
“But the campaign is sticking with its day-to-day message on the economy — a view promoted internally by Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist….
“The truth is Romney now finds himself besieged with conflicting advice, internally and externally: Attack Obama harder. Offer a detailed agenda. Pivot to foreign policy. Pivot back to the economy.
“Romney’s response: Ignore it and stick to the game plan, which does not include any serious, sustained detour into foreign policy.
“This is basically the Stuart Stevens doctrine. And regardless of the passionate arguments of some other aides, including several outside foreign-policy advisers, the boss is going with Stevens on this until further notice.”
Because Stevens has been doing such a bang-up job so far! It’s hard to imagine a more unhappy place to be than the Romney campaign right now.