American Enterprise Institute scholar Kevin Hassett recently gave his assembled dinner audience an insider's view of Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign. The former Team Romney advisor described how its election-monitoring software crashed on November 6 and President Barack Obama's campaign was probably behind it, "because those guys are so evil."
It's one of several charming - or disturbing - vignettes, depending on your proclivity, from Joe Hagan's New York magazine report "Blues Cruise". The piece charts National Review magazine's Post Election Cruise 2012 through the Caribbean, stocked with conservative stars like Hassett, Ralph Reed and many more.
Mingling with a mostly white, older crowd, the conservatives are unsparing in their criticism of the Obama administration and campaign team.
"The thing we have to understand is, these are people who don't have any morals," Hassett told nodding dinner guests at one point. "They'll do anything. I'm one of their No. 1 targets. I mean, they really want me bad."
The cruise, Hagan writes, "had been planned long in advance, and everybody had believed it would be a victory party" for Romney. Since things didn't turn out that way, it comes off at times as calorie-heavy, boozy gripe-fest.
"I actually think that Goebbels was more critical of Hitler than the New York Times is of Obama," said Hassett, tucking into a piece of strudel. "I was in the middle of the fight against the propaganda, and I have stories like you wouldn't believe. These people are so evil. They're basically Fascists. It's unbelievable."
Via New York magazine.