Politico has a new story up about the bold new plan of saving Romney's campaign, which involves: introducing us to Mitt.... again. Personally if I have to be given at least a half-dozen introductions to someone, I am likely forgetting about them for a reason. For some reason however, Team-Mitt thinks that Not-Enough-Romney is the problem.
Mitt Romney and his campaign are settling on a rescue plan to show more of him — in ads, speeches and campaign appearances. A big focus, according to campaign officials, will be on Romney talking a lot more about how his ideas will help regular Americans who remain deeply suspicious of him.The story is worth a read for several little nuggets, these are a few that stuck out at me:
The plan, described by top aides and advisers in interviews this week, is an acknowledgment that Romney is in enough of a hole that he cannot depend on the presidential debates to turn his candidacy around. In fact, Romney, who recently did five mock debates in a 48-hour period to practice, has confided to advisers that it may be hard to win a debate because every attack against President Barack Obama will seem stale while the attacks on him will seem fresher and newsier to a hostile media.Ah yes, its all the media's fault of course. Already. It has nothing to do with ideas, character or charisma. 3 things that Romney would know nothing about. Way to dial back expectations guys. That will surely get these guys to throwing cash at you again:
To get a flavor of the challenge before them, a top donor said that after Romney spoke at a fundraising breakfast at the Hilton New York on Friday, a will-Mitt-win poll was taken at one table of 10 men, each of whom had paid at least $2,500 to attend, and some of whom had raised as much as $50,000 for the campaign. Not a single man said yes.Ouch. People really hate to give money to a loser. Maybe even as much as they hate giving money to the government. No worries, if they hit hard times financially maybe they can avoid personal responsibility and running a scaled down campaign and mooch another 20 million loan.
What else does Politico tell us?
That there will be more Paul Ryan as well. Hopefully he keeps reminding America how inarticulate Romney is.
The truth is conservatives never loved — and many don’t even like — Romney. But they bought into him as a vessel for their ambitions to defeat Obama, especially after Ryan was put on the ticket. Many on the right now are animated by a belief that Romney is turning Ryan into Romney, instead of Ryan turning Romney into a Ryan-style warrior for ideas.There was some more on the debates:
But with Romney even or behind in every swing state, aides know he must use ads and campaign appearances to improve his image as a personable and credible doctor for the economy, even if he will never match Obama in bedside manner.And on those Poll's that do not dictate the Romney-campaign, at all, in any way what-so-ever:
The polls, especially the surprising surge in the number of people who feel the country is headed in the right direction showing up in national surveys. In almost every poll, both public and confidential ones, there has been a 6- to 9-point jump in that number, which the campaigns attribute to the Democratic convention.
Funny, because I though there was not a bump. And any bump that there was, was quickly erased by the jobs report. Silly me for listening to republicans.
And finally to bring this to a close, Politico admits that they do not matter:
The POLITICO story we wrote about staff turmoil on Sunday night, which generated nearly 3 million page views, making it one of the most-read stories in our publication’s history. The story spoke in important ways to the internal issues Romney faces — but his challenges for the next six weeks are all external. He has no interest in a staff shake-up — and knows the key to pulling out of this turbulence and onto a path to victory is clarity of message. Sure, advisers such as Ed Gillespie emerge with a greater say in that message, but the former Bush counselor always had juice and a big say internally. And as any Romney insider will tell you, Romney’s biggest problem the past two weeks has been Romney, not his staff.Politico in the same paragraph says that a week ago it wrote its biggest story ever about Romney's 'internal issues' (in regards to his campaign staff, speech writer, etc) and then goes on to say that internal issues are not the problem, Romney is. How about both being true Politico? Or is two stories at the same time too much to handle?