Romney adviser Stuart Stevens on the overseas trip moments ago: "I think it was a great success" — @jimacostacnn via web
After the mini-press debacle in Warsaw, NBC’s Garrett Haake reports that top Romney strategist Stuart Stevens later held a gaggle with reporters (damage control?) after Romney's speech to push back against the perception the trip hasn’t gone well. The highlights, Haake notes, include Stevens pronouncing the trip a "a great success, generally," and saying that Romney has answered "a lot of questions" on this trip when asked why he hasn't done a press conference. (But is taking three questions outside 10 Downing Street “a lot of questions?)
Well, it's three more than zero, so that's something. But I wonder how even a dedicated Romney staffer can declare the trip "a great success" without buckling over in laughter after saying it. The three noteworthy events of the trip were (1) while in London, questioning the Olympic competence of Londoners, (2) while in Israel, managing to insult both Jews and Palestinians with his observations on how Jews were culturally much better with money than the Palestinians, and (3), admittedly not actually Mitt's fault for once, one of his aides uttering the phrase "Kiss my ass, this is a holy site," which is one of those sentences that pretty much never is a good idea in any real-world circumstance you can think of. All three of them sound like they could have been comedy sketches written to mock a tactless political tourist, but no, the Mitt campaign happily provided them themselves.
So we've got three countries visited, and three campaign gaffes so big that coverage of them overshadowed whatever actual point Mitt was trying to make on that day (we're going to just presume here that Mitt was trying to make actual points during this trip, although what they could have been is a mystery to all). That's the "great success"? Good Lord, what would failure have looked like?