A few days ago, I called Romney’s trip a disaster. I would like to apologize. It was a disaster wrapped in a debacle inside a calamity.
The press is now being attacked for making too much of Romney’s “gaffes.” But why should we ignore what actually comes out of a candidate’s mouth when he’s forced to think?
Should we instead cover only the speeches meticulously crafted by his staff? Or the TV ads in which every frame is painstakingly edited and often focus-grouped in advance?
A candidate’s traveling press corps has the greatest knowledge of what the candidate has been saying and, as much as possible, what’s going on in the campaign.
This converges with my (admittingly) anecdotal experience with some of Romney’s base. Even Republicans who do not watch much news have heard of Mitt’s trip abroad, and know about the poor job he has done.