In 2008 it was uncovered long after the primaries had been concluded that the Romney campaign staff had in unethical and covert ways infiltrated prominent conservative opinion sources like the National Review with leads and exclusives that were designed to adversely harm all the other candidacies minus Romney. Most specifically National Review repeated false assertions made by these Romney operatives about Governor Mike Huckabee. Coulter parroted them in her syndicated space and was never called to account to it until she appeared on the Huckabee television show–to tout her book of course–when the Governor politely, but assertively called her inaccuracies into question.This goes with what I wrote about Ann Coulter the other day, and a suspicion I've long had about her. This is where Ann is, I think, shown she's great at satiring liberals, but when it comes to being a deep thinker, she's on the shallow end of the pool. When she's challenged by what would be considered a fellow conservative, she runs away. I've seen her do that once or twice.
It caused such consternation to Coulter that she walked out after one segment, though she had been booked for two
I think there's more to the alleged Romney "scorched earth" campaign. He not only sought out friendly media acolytes, but used staffers to tear down potential 2012 nominees.
Consider this article just weeks before the election in 2008....
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."
As well as this one in summer 2010:
An adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 front runner, says of Palin, "She's not a serious human being." Another Romney intimate warns, "If she's standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she's in trouble."
That's why I never considered Rick Perry to be the source of the Politico story on Herman Cain. If it didn't come from Obama, I think Romney would have had no problem doing some dirty trick like that. Romney has clearly seen the 2012 nomination as his since he conceded to John McLame in 2008, and was engaged in getting it by any means necessary, regardless if he destroys the Republican Party in the process.