Wednesday, April 18, 2012


This is pretty much how I thought Mitt Romney would move to the middle -- by not actually doing it: while sending out campaign staff to whisper in the ears of mainstream reporters that he actually is:

Romney cites 'vast left wing conspiracy'

Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a "vast left wing conspiracy" brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.

Romney was making an appearance on Breitbart TV and was asked by host Larry O'Connor whether he was ready to take on "the media and these nonprofits groups that are working together."

"There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me," Romney said in response....

I can't even think of a left-wing media source that's comparable to Breitbart in both venom and reach, but if Barack Obama were merely to give an interview to such a media outlet on the left (which he wouldn't) or denounce the right-wing noise machine (which he might, I suppose, in a speech or an interview with a mainstream journalist), there'd be weeks of hand-wringing op-eds (Bill Keller! David Brooks!) about how the president who promised "hope" and "change" has now made the toxic, poisonous, evil decision to divide us, and what about the middle? America's precious middle? Does he have nothing to say to them? A quick soundbite alone would be enough to set off that reaction.

But Romney will get a pass because Mitt's-moving-to-the-left is a story the media likes, and nothing he can do can prevent that story from being told from now till November.


BH said...

This entire scenario - Mitty as the nominee, the Village scribes assiduously selling his "essential centrism" despite his awkward but headlong embrace of anything the TeaPees embraced during the the primaries & despite anything said by any of his supporters, etc - could have been written at least 2 years ago with 100% accuracy. Unless I overestimate Axelrod, Plouffe, & Messina (and I may), none of this comes as any surprise to them.

I'm wondering now whether Americans Elect might not put Mitty on their ballot lines. In fact, I'd bet $5 they will, and another $5 that that was one of their prime options all along.

Steve M. said...

Just put Tom Friedman on the damn Americans Elect ballot line and get it over with.

BH said...

Harr! But would Brooksie accept the #2 slot?