I agree in large part with your take Phil. Romney appears perhaps a bit too cheery and too glib, giving the impression he lacks grit although his policy statements read very similarly to the other candidates. And yes, it was a “what are we, chopped liver?” moment when asked whether his religion “scares” people. He in essence, before a Jewish audience, said, “Oh no, Evangelicals like me just fine.” It was a chance to bond with the crowd and sound a broad based theme in favor of tolerance and inclusion and it was missed. Granted he is focused on garnering support from Christian conservatives who vote in the GOP primary in much larger numbers than Jews but it was a tactless moment.