Romney Rising

Last night in Manchester, NH, Mitt Romney gave his best speech of the campaign in the wake of sweeping the five primaries held Tuesday. Clearly, some sort of mental and strategic switch has been thrown, and Romney emerged as a formidable challenger willing to take the fight directly to President Obama. Toby Harnden of the UK Daily Mail called it a "pivot" for Mitt, and the term fits well. Mitt looked poised, self-assured, and focused. The speech contained at least one very memorable line, one that took James Carville's slogan from Bill Clinton's campaign and deftly fashioned it into a telling blow against Obama. Predicting "a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions" from Obama over the next six months, he warned his opponent: "That kind of campaign may have worked at another place over in a different time. But not here and not now. It's still about the economy...and we're not stupid." So far, Obama's campaign has been shameful in its reliance on voter stupidity and...(Read Full Post)