The Boston Globe has a report on a Romney campaign document that has gotten into the hands of the press. It seems to include a pretty standard analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Romney, McCain, and Giuliani alike. Of some interest is its apparent focus on “bogeymen” — including Romney’s home state of Massachusetts — and willingness to bring up Giuliani’s “ethical issues.”
Rick Perlstein wrote a fairly crazy piece in the New Republic on Romney and the right. In one of his saner arguments, he charged that Romney was trying to appeal to conservatives through “right-wing tribal identity.” While his specific examples remain off the mark — it is bizarre to assert without evidence that Romney launched his campaign at the Henry Ford Museum so he could be attacked by the liberal media — maybe there is something to the idea of winning over conservatives by railing against the right bogeymen.