A few random Romney points:
1. Mitt Romney might want to pick a campaign narrative and stick with it. Change won’t necessarily do you good, as someone should tell Sheryl Crow. Other than that, I don’t think major changes are necessary at this time. Unless his decline in New Hampshire continues, the early state electoral strategy still seems his best bet.
2. His polling situation does call into question the idea that his marketing experience makes him uniquely attuned to the Republican electorate.
3. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that social issues are hurting Romney in New Hampshire at this time, at least not as much as they seem to be helping him in Iowa. New Hampshire Republicans have a libertarian streak but also a long record of voting for fairly socially conservative candidates. Pro-lifers won every GOP presidential primary from 1980 to 2000; both Republican senators are pro-life as was former Sen. Bob Smith; a majority of the recent Republican governors were pro-life. Though the Granite State is starting to look more like Massachusetts than Iowa when it comes to polls on social issues.
4. Crime had receded as an issue in Massachusetts by the time Romney was elected governor, after 12 years of GOP rule. That explains why crime wasn’t a major focus of Romney’s administration. These crime statistics are nevertheless bad news for him.
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