When you’re running for president, you focus on winning each day by getting your message out and trying to knock your opponent off his message. If you win enough days, you win the election. Every distraction is a day (or days) lost.
It’s one thing to take hits from your opponent, that’s going to happen, but it’s inexcusable to take hits from your own side, and we’re seeing that with both candidates.
President Obama has had to waste valuable time dealing with pundit Hilary Rosen’s reigniting of the “mommy wars” when she said Ann Romney hadn’t worked a day in her life. Rosen is an obnoxious loudmouth, a slightly more refined version of Rosie O’Donnell. Obama has had to waste valuable time dealing with Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s defense of Bain and private equity, Booker’s effort to feather his own nest for a statewide run with Wall Street money.
Now Mitt is going through the same thing with Donald Trump and his birtherism, which takes the spotlight off of Mitt and puts it on the Donald, which is all Trump really cares about. Every day wasted talking about where Obama was born is a day Mitt loses
lying talking about how Obama is handling the economy. Like Booker, Trump is out for himself, he is not a team player.
If you lose control of your message, you lose control of your campaign. If you lose control of your campaign, you lose the election.
If they hope to win, both Obama and Mitt need to lose the surrogates who are sabotaging them.