In the end, some of Stevens’ clients significantly advanced the Republican and conservative cause. Some didn’t. But their achievements came from inside themselves, and not their consultant.
So yes, Republicans should look at the way they run their campaigns, and who they hire to do the work. But in the long run, winning candidates win and losers lose, regardless of who the consultant is. A good candidate has deeply felt beliefs that guide how he runs -- and how he chooses and uses campaign help. At the moment, the Republican Party has far, far bigger problems than its consultant class.
(Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)