There's some stiff competition, of course (cough McCain 2008 cough), but Mitt Romney's presidential campaign might just be the most incompetent in recent history.
Not only does Romney have the remarkable gift of gaffe, but his campaign seems determined to paint him in the worst light possible when it comes to marriage equality. Yesterday, after President Obama announced that he supports marriage equality, Mitt Romney refused to respond when asked about it, only to later confirm that, yes, Mitt Romney is a homophobic bigot, but at least he thinks that it's "a very tender and sensitive topic."
Apparently, the brain trust at Mittbot headquarters slept on it and decided that this "tender and sensitive topic" will be a major campaign issue. Speaking with Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning, Ed Gillespie, senior adviser to the campaign, explained how Team Mitt thinks campaigning on a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality is a swell idea:
TODD: Will you guys campaign on this, campaign on this issue of marriage?That's funny, because yesterday, Mitt Romney said that the states should be making decisions about which rights to deny to gays and lesbians. Which, of course, was a reversal of his earlier support for a constitutional amendment, made clear when he signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge last year, in which, among other things, he pledged to fight for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality.
GILLESPIE: Sure, I think it’s an important issue for people and it engenders strong feelings on both sides. I think it’s important to be respectful in how we talk about our differences. But the fact is, that’s a significant difference in November. [...]
TODD: What is it that he will – so he will actively push for a constitutional
GILLESPIE: His view is that, given the nature of states sanctioning gay
marriage, and the full faith in credit – clause in the Constitution that a federal marriage amendment should be enacted. But I think that the truth is, when you look at this election, Chuck, I think most people are focused on jobs and the economy and the cost of energy, and health care, the impact of the Obamacare bill … I’m not diminishing this, it’s an important issue, but it’s not the most determinative issue that you have out there that most people are talking about.
Oh, but now, forget that "leave it to the states" thing because Romney will be running on this "important issue." As long as he doesn't actually have to talk about it.