So just what’s wrong with Mitt Romney’s campaign? Well, Mark Steyn, commentator, columnist, radio host, and author, has concisely and accurately hammered the political nail directly on the head. I don’t know who is providing the highly-paid campaign advice for Mr. Mitt, but there needs to be a Come to Jesus confrontation within his consultative ranks.
Mitt’s strategy for 2012 as for 2008 was to sit on his lead and run out the clock. Four years ago, that strategy died in New Hampshire; this time round it died one state later. Congratulations!
He’s not a natural campaigner, and on the stump he instinctively recoils from any personal connection with the voters. So, in compensation, he’s bought himself a bunch of A-list advisers and a lavish campaign.
For a guy running as a chief exec applying proven private-sector solutions, his campaign looks awfully like an unreformable government bureaucracy: big, bloated, overstaffed, burning money, slow to react, and all but impossible to change.
The Romney candidacy is better than it was four years ago, but it’s not clear that it’s good. Mitt needs to get good real fast: A real speech, real plan, real responses, and real fire in the belly.
And I think that about sums it up. If Mitt doesn’t start pulling away from the Republican establishment and their milquetoast mannikin middle-of-the road presidential model, he’s going to fade, and fade fast.