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March 22, 2012


No Benefit of the Doubt for Romney

First Read notes the feeding frenzy over the Etch-A-Sketch comments yesterday highlights a big problem for Mitt Romney:

"He gets almost no benefit of the doubt. Every gaffe becomes a story; every mistake become fodder for late-night comedians. And more importantly, this is what happens when you don't have a solid base of support that can serve as a cocoon of protection during the toughest of times."

"Successful presidential candidates (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama) had grassroots supporters rushing to their defense, even in the toughest of political times. Romney -- right now -- doesn't have this. In fact, it was notable during yesterday's "Etch A Sketch" controversy that we didn't see many prominent conservatives railing against media bias or unfairness. Instead, they were either standing on the sidelines or piling on. And that's a problem for Romney."












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