Doesn't it seem as if GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney might benefit from, well, a little distance from Mitt Romney? In recent days he's demonstrated a certain knack for saying the wrong thing.
Take, for example, Romney’s endorsement of U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) last week in Orange City, in which the former Massachusetts governor enthusiastically threw his support behind King, telling the crowd, "I want him as my partner in Washington, D.C."
By Wednesday, it seemed as if the campaign wanted a little breathing room from Romney's would-be partner, at least on immigration. Romney’s camp issued a statement saying that "as president, Mitt Romney will deal with this issue in a civil and resolute manner," according to Fox Latino. No explicit mention of King, but the statement reiterated the candidate’s support for a bipartisan approach.
That's all fine, but the trouble is Romney's already got an image problem with Latinos, and throwing King a little love probably didn’t help him with those Latino voters in key swing states who remember King as the congressman who compared immigrants to dogs and supported building an electrified fence along the border with Mexico, noting that "we do this with livestock all the time."