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Roger Stone Gets It Right: Calls Out Fake Political “Strategists”

Our friend Roger Stone, an advisor to Donald Trump and a veteran of nine Republican presidential campaigns, who by the way has helped elect three Republican presidents, has apparently been banned from CNN for – you guessed it – telling the truth. 

Mr. Stone’s sin in the eyes of CNN’s producers, and Hillary Clinton’s handmaidens at Leftwing media watchpoodle Media Matters, was to point out in somewhat intemperate terms that CNN’s Roger Stone“Republican strategists” have no actual qualifications as political “strategists.”  

We would observe for our own part, that the objects of Stone’s comments also have zero qualifications to offer insight into the views of the conservative base of the Republican Party. 

Nevertheless, according to reporting by Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller, Media Matters announced Tuesday that it received a statement from CNN that Stone will be banned from appearing on the network due to tweets featuring disparaging comments toward TV political analysts Ana Navarro and Roland Martin. 

Stone called Navarro a “diva bitch,” and “borderline retarded.” He said Martin was a “stupid negro,” and called both of them “quota hires.” 

While Stone’s characterization of Navarro and Martin would never find their way into one of our columns the essential point of his comments – that neither have any observable qualifications as political “strategists” is one we agree with wholeheartedly. 

And we would take Stone’s point further to point out that it isn’t just CNN that engages in this scam masquerading as journalism. 

As we observed in our article “What Does It Take To Be An Establishment Republican ‘Strategist’?” you can’t find the list of campaigns won by alleged strategist like Navarro, Martin, or Rick Wilson anywhere. 

We will stipulate that when we disagree with our fellow conservatives we say so, and we say why, and that we are not bashful about calling out establishment Republicans for their regular abandonment of conservative principles and especially for the cynical lies they use to try to cover their tracks when they do so. 

We will further stipulate that sometimes we put those disagreements in attention-grabbing headlines, such as “Ann Coulter Is Full Of It” and sometimes in less catchy, but thoughtful ones, such as “Why We Must (Gently) Disagree With Rich and Ramesh.” 

And we will stipulate that any moron can open a Twitter account and start trashing those with whom they disagree, but that doesn’t make that person a political “strategist,” it merely makes them a Twitter troll. 

But Roger Stone is no Twitter troll – in addition to his vast experience in advising winning political campaigns he’s also the author of four politically oriented books, including two that are relevant to the 2016 presidential campaign: The Clintons' War on Women and Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family

And according to Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller Stone generally stands by his criticism of Navarro and Martin, saying, “My problem really is the same, whether it’s Roland Martin or Ana Navarro: why do we have people who have no qualification whatsoever to opine on political matters being asked their opinion?” 

Stone continued, “Ana is a ‘Republican strategist?’ OK, what campaigns? Who are the people she’s elected? Name them. City council, county commission, governor, senator, congressman, president, anybody? And the answer is nobody.” 

“Look, I’ve admittedly done and said many controversial things. But, I’m also a veteran of nine Republican presidential campaigns, and I’ve helped elect three Republican presidents, and I have a unique perspective on the current Republican front-runner. What is her credential? Other than being a Hispanic woman, what is her credential?” said Stone. 

He believes her current role at CNN is a form of “casting,” due to her being a Hispanic woman. “She’s not their because of her intelligence. She’s not there because of her experience. She doesn’t know her ass from her elbow.” 

Which is why we find it someplace between amusing and appalling that the establishment media is apparently all too ready to blackball a real political strategist like Roger Stone, while it regularly appoints trolls like Rick Wilson and no-talents like Ana Navarro and Roland Martin as political “strategists,” when their qualifications to the title rest not on a long series of successful campaigns, but on their ability to pick a well-connected TV booking agent.

CHQ Editor George Rasley is a member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America’s most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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