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Re: Mitt Goes Missing

By on 1.18.08 | 6:07AM

Some think Romney was in the right in his flap with the AP reporter. Well for Romney it boils down on these things to Clintonian wordplay. Rather than "saw" this time it is "running" which is at issue. Romney has lots of lobbyists from Tom Rath to Vin Weber to Warren Tompkins "running" (i.e. helping to direct) his campaign but not one in the singular role of campaign manager who "runs" the whole thing. There is nothing wrong with lobbyists in a campaign (unless you're in a spat with Hillary Clinton). However, in Romney 4.0 he was affecting an John Edwards/Ross Perot holier than thou (at least holier than McCain) pose, arguing he was unconnected to lobbyists. Like many of these small fibs it was easily disproved and unnecessary. One more thing: in looking at the video again I found the oddest part was that he and his press fellow were peeved that Johnson was not merely transcribing but challenging the candidate. Most candidates would love David Gregory to agree to that but they shouldn't stay up late waiting for a revolution in the adversarial relationship between politicians and the media. Glenn Johnson in a Staples is nothing compared to what would await him in the White House briefing room.
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