The Man Behind Romney’s Israel Trip

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Under real-world rules, Dan Senor should not be anywhere near Mitt Romney‘s foreign policy inner circle. This is the man who, as spokesman for the disastrous Bush Administration reconstruction effort in Iraq, told a group of reporters, according to Imperial Life in the Emerald City by the Washington Post‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, “Off the record, Paris is burning. On the record, security and stability are returning to Iraq.” If there is a foreign policy moment in the past 20 years with which an adviser should not be prominently associated, it is the 2003 Paul Bremer era in Iraq, during which Rumsfeldian incompetence and willful ignorance produced an era-defining foreign policy failure.

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But under Washington rules, Senor makes perfect sense. He went to Iraq to serve a Republican Administration, and faced with the job of spinning a disaster, he kept his cool and stayed just this side of the line in painting a rosy picture of a living nightmare. That makes him a tested professional when it comes to handling the kinds of crises a campaign — or the rest of the world, for that matter — can throw at a candidate. And Senor’s got a much broader résumé than just the Iraq tour. He did time with venerable neocons like Bill Kristol and started his own business. He wrote a successful book on Israel’s economic entrepreneurship and has deep ties to powerful members of the GOP. He also is very close to top members of the Netanyahu administration. Affable, smooth and connected, Senor is exactly the kind of person the Romney campaign would recruit.

To understand how Senor became the driving force behind Romney’s visit to Israel, see this very thorough article by Allison Hoffman in the online publication Tablet. Writes Hoffman:

Senor has been a vital emissary over the past six years for Romney not just to the Israelis and the American Jewish community, but to a Republican foreign-policy establishment that, even today, remains somewhat alien territory. “Dan was hugely helpful in introducing the governor to his friends and colleagues,” said Beth Myers, Romney’s longtime aide-de-camp and a top campaign adviser. “He’s a huge validator.”

Hoffman gets Myers to go even further in describing how Senor and Romney clicked in 2006:

“The two of them hit it off immediately,” Myers said. “I can’t think of anyone who Mitt has ever met that he hit it off with so immediately as Dan Senor.”

Senor felt the same way. “We spent two hours talking about the world, the Middle East, everything, India, Pakistan, a whole range of foreign-policy issues,” Senor told me. “He was a different kind of political figure than ones I’d dealt with before. His approach to thinking through problems was so — well, his critics would say technocratic. But for better or worse it was refreshing.” By the following January, Senor was arranging to take Romney to the annual Herzliya security conference in Israel and helped prepare the governor for his debates during the Republican primary season.

Romney has a penchant for polished veterans of difficult assignments: his 2008 spokesman and current senior adviser Kevin Madden is cut from the same cloth as Senor: affable, sharp and a survivor and thriver after the GOP’s 2006 midterm debacle on Capitol Hill.

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Kyle
Kyle

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Redwood509
Redwood509

In Iraq, he was a spokesperson, not a policy maker. Since his departure he gained some exposure and spent a great deal of time writing about Israel. The vicious anti republican tone is simply making Time and its reporters appear so partisan and in the event that Romney wins, they will be the last to get served with the tiniest morsel of inside information. Newsweek is on its way to the deep blue world wide web, where, nobody will go to read this pathetic yellow rag and Time is simply doing the last pirouette.  You are not wrong on fact, but nasty in tone and this will be one of the reason why you will become less and less visited.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

Under real-world rules, Dan Senor should not be anywhere near Mitt Romney‘s foreign policy inner circle.

If we had real-world rules, the GOP would be banned as a terrorist organization, along with their "3rd-way" Dem enablers.

And all the corporate bloviators who help lie us into the debacle in Iraq would have been fired.

But we don't.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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ChowT
ChowT

And GW would be in jail.

carotexas
carotexas

Does he get credit for the London visit? 

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Does he want the credit? Or maybe he's taking credit for keeping Mitt out of Germany since everyone on Team Romney would have to keep telling him, "Don't mention the war."

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

carotexas
carotexas

Now I will remember this clip every time he puts his foot in his mouth.

Wonder if Senor will be holding his hand the rest of the trip.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

 

It was a less than stellar week abroad for “Mitt the Twitt.”  Romney should be more knowledgeable of

foreign policy since he knows every corner of the world he can hide his

money!  He’s already has international financial

ties which run all the way from Switzerland to the Cayman Islands.  Never mind that he’s never been involved with

politics outside of the US- only his millions of dollars have.  Read about the role of Mitt’s money and his

Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

where you can see for yourself the true power of both on display in full color!

apr2563
apr2563

He survives because the traditional media never includes his real resume when interviewing him.  It might start with his responsibility in the death of 1000s in Iraq and the loss of billions of dollars.  Then ask his opinion.  The same method should be used when introducing Lanny Davis and Rudy Guliani (lobbyists for dictators), Ralph Reed (scam artist), Cheney (Lord of the evil), and many more.

reflectionephemeral
reflectionephemeral

Yep. It's "Washington rules" in the sense that Washington is wired for Republicans. 

How can Republicans ever learn if they aren't ever permitted to fail? 

The zero-accountability culture of our elites is a big part of our society's problems. 

gysgt213
gysgt213

Lets not forget all the liberals raking in Fox News paychecks to take beatings and agree with everything the right says is absolutely true about the democrats, liberals and anyone else Fox puts on its hit list.

apr2563
apr2563

So true.  Another is Ed Rendell.  No one mentions his connection with equity firms when he is busy defending Bain. 

Tero1
Tero1

" affable, shart and a survivor"

I think "shart" is the perfect description of Senor, Madden and the Romney team in general.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Was just going to post this, tero - great minds...again. ;)

Tero1
Tero1

You must be a pretty smart guy... and very attractive :) lol

I notice it has been corrected though.

sauceboy
sauceboy

This is why people (should) hate politics.  Senor is a pure hack, a Beltway creation for whom the notion of "truth" only has value inasmuch as it pays.  That he's been able to parlay as disastrous tenure at CPA, which by all measures should've destroyed what little credibility he had, shows how profitable it is to be a tool in Washington.  

Given that the period in Iraq was marked by disappearing pallets of (American taxpayers') cash, civilian American 24 yr old hires pulled from the Heritage website with no relevant experience, ideologically driven reconstruction plans, the fiasco of "de-Baathification" and any number of other failures large and small, the fact that this guy has a role as a foreign policy advisor to a major-party candidate shows both how cynical the GOP is, and what a short intellectual bench it really has.  And given that the average American, much less GOP voter, has a short to non-existent memory, this guy can probably continue to make a good living peddling a re-invented resume.

gysgt213
gysgt213

In all fairness to Senor. He is there because the MSM eats up his every word.  If they didn't invite him on to Morning Joe and the rest of the MSM didn't seek him out and repeat quotes from him he wouldn't be.  True or not has never been a qualification for promoting these type of individuals.

Rhondayes
Rhondayes

Morning Joe is a right wing show. Morning Joe is not main stream media, even if it is the first show on the MSNBC line up. That show is masquerading as liberal. Joe Scarborough is a lying, "Always being told something by someone", ignoramous. Heck, even Mika's father had to put him in line.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

I wonder if a lot of his influence comes from being Mr. Campbell Brown.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

As Karl Rove would say: "You just have to shake your head..."

filmnoia
filmnoia

Senor is just another typical AIPAC Dual Loyalist in the Adelson/Joe Lieberman mold. His wife is part of the MSM, so he is the same as  guys like Chris Matthews  David Gregory and the Carville/Matalin monster hybrid, all  part of the  inbred DC cocktail  party circuit. Whether the candidate he shills for wins or loses doesn't matter to guys like Senor, because he will always come out on top in the end. This is the sort of meritocracy that needs to be broken up and abolished.

gysgt213
gysgt213

Actually the WSJ and Morning Joe are giving his wife Campbell Brown air time and space to air her non-thoughts as we speak.  What's her target?  Teachers unions of course.

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https://twitter.com/campbell_b... 

Rhondayes
Rhondayes

I don't know what's happened to her. She was so likeable when she worked on NBC news.

filmnoia
filmnoia

The most repellant  public couple in the NYC-DC axis., and they have plenty of competition. For your sanity, just don't watch Morning Joe. It will soften the brain.