January 19, 2012 |
Reporting from Charleston, S.C. -- What did Mitt Romney do on the afternoon before the climactic debate that could determine whether he wins his party's nomination? He went shopping, of course. About 2 p.m. Thursday, I was strolling north past the posh shops on King Street when I recognized the burly man in the black suit who was walking briskly toward me. I'd seen him the night before alertly scanning the crowd as Romney pumped hands and posed with babies after a speech. In that split second of recognition, the security man passed by and I caught a glimpse of the guy behind him -- a man dressed casually in jeans, a checked shirt and windbreaker.
January 18, 2012 |
As Mitt Romney travels through South Carolina, fending off his opponents' charges that he is a vulture capitalist, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination may now need to battle a perception that he's just another out-of-touch rich guy. On Tuesday, while campaigning as the guy who can create jobs for the jobless, he revealed to reporters that he paid about a 15% income tax rate last year -- a share of income that is a lot...
February 17, 2012 |
The latest insult to Mitt Romney's pride is that he stands a good chance of losing the primary in Michigan, his boyhood home. His dad was a popular Michigan governor, but that was a long time ago and Mitt has not lived in the state for 46 years. The ties are growing tenuous. Four years ago he won the primary against John McCain, but, in that race, Romney was the favorite of the right wing. This time around, they have a new darling, Rick Santorum. Born-again voters are being reborn for Rick while shunning Mitt, the political apostate from godless Massachusetts.
February 1, 2012 |
Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican presidential primary in the nastiest way. From the beginning of the year to primary election day, the Romney campaign and super PACs allied with Romney paid millions of dollars for 12,768 television ads. According to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, 99% of them were attacks on Newt Gingrich. In the same period, Gingrich and his supporters bought just 210 TV ads. While the majority of them slammed Romney, at least some were positive advertisements for Gingrich.
September 24, 2012 |
It was a clear sign the campaign has gone on too long when I had a dream about Mitt Romney a couple of nights ago. Other than the fact that the Romney summoned from my unconscious was sitting at a breakfast table with me and was willingly answering questions, the dream was pretty realistic. The candidate was dressed in his ubiquitous Brooks Brothers checked shirt and relaxed-fit jeans. He seemed relaxed, too. But when I asked him a softball question about the personal strains of campaigning, he answered with a generic policy statement.
January 21, 2012 |
“Another One Bites the Dust” was the song pounding through the Hilton ballroom when I showed up to hear what Newt Gingrich would say to the jubilant jam of conservatives celebrating his game-changing triumph in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. In this case, it is Mitt Romney who is chewing on the dust. When I flew in here a week ago, Romney was claiming wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and held a big lead in this state. Conventional wisdom said a South Carolina victory would nail the nomination for the former Massachusetts governor.