Normally, I don’t go rogue with the Freep, but there’s a pertinent and sad quote that the former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney campaign continues to screw up, trying to sell Mitt back to Michigan without any of the sacrifice, effort, or pain that everyone else has endured here. More than that, it makes me wonder if Romney’s campaign is insulating him from this gargantuan image problem he has.
‘Steve Grigorian, chief operating officer for the Economic Club, said the two earlier Ford Field plans were changed because camera angles would have made it appear there was no one in the stadium but Romney.’
Truth be told, there wouldn’t have been any difference if he was alone on stage. Maybe it would’ve been better to have him alone, without angled cameras, prompters, and handlers that continue to exacerbate the candidate’s PR issues.
Why does everything have to be a production in Michigan? Really, why are people so dedicated to selling Mitt back to the state? To voters, he might be the right guy, but the campaign almost drove the state to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. And heck, if Mitt keeps his mouth shut, he might just reclaim Michigan by a few points.
Via RCP, Mitchell/Rosetta Stone (pdf) puts Romney up by 3. It’s not pretty, but a win is a win is a win. And as Rick Santorum let victory slip from his fingers in the Mesa debate, GOPers are now locked in until Super Tuesday. Michigan voters are up for grabs, and it’s once again Mitt’s to lose.
I’m betting most people who went to the speech just wanted to get on the playing field and act like Megatron, being able to do a little touchdown dance as they filed into the empty stadium. At the least, they should’ve invited a crowd of kids in as well so they could step on the field and actually get something tangible from this entire circus.
Anyone bring a football?
This is the real question, though. President Obama’s team might get the idea to hire out Ford Field himself later on this year. You really don’t want to see contrasts of that image in the general campaign, do ya Mitt?
That, folks…is Jenga.