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It Comes With Being In the Top Tier

Campaign Spot notes that one foe of Romney is going after him on taxes. A friend of McCain (FOM) focuses on the Iraq interchange with McCain to make the point that Romney seems to be using some of the Left's language on Iraq. The FOM quotes Romney from Hannity and Colmes last night saying : "As I recall, he made a statement several months ago saying it was safe in Baghdad and that turned out to be a little premature." FOM likens this to Daily Kos and Think Progress Blog and others mocking McCain's walk through the Baghdad market.  Finally, FOM quotes Romney fan Hugh Hewitt who noted in early April "Excerpts of an e-mail from my pal, Lt. Col Mark, in Baghdad: The war is going better. Don't let the news media convince you that we are losing. The new strategy will take a while to be successful." 
I think Romney didn't have a good night on foreign policy but he's not  in league with the netroots. I think he is closer to what Rich Lowry dubs the "Halfway Republican" Senators who are focusing on exiting Iraq and not on what it might take leave Iraq in a manageable state. 
Romney, a function of his improvement in the polls, is experiencing some attempted furniture redesign — opponents are trying to saw off two of those three legs of the stool (economics, foreign policy and values). Assuming that the GOP primary voters are still committed to success in Iraq Romney will have to get straight on his commitment to Iraq.

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