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July 31, 2012
What Happened to the Romney 'Death Star'?
Byron York is perplexed by what he perceives to be the glaring discrepancy between the Mitt Romney of the GOP primary season and the Mitt Romney who is the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Borrowing from the Star Wars mythos, York refers to the first Mitt as "the Death Star." In the primaries, Romney spared neither expense nor opportunity to eviscerate his opponents. Though his ruthlessness vis-à-vis his rivals generally and Newt Gingrich particularly was off-putting to some of the party faithful, the optimists among them viewed it as a potentially promising sign of Romney's ability to reckon with "the Obama killing machine," as York puts it, that was waiting in the wings. Thus far, however, the second Mitt has dashed these expectations. York writes: "Now, the general election campaign is here, and the talk is of the Obama killing machine, not the Romney death star. By most accounts, the Romney campaign is not displaying the...(Read Full Post)