Some great reporting in Politico today by Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei showing how the Romney family – specifically Ann Romney and son Tagg Romney – have inserted themselves into the campaign to force its operatives to “let Mitt be Mitt.”
From the piece:
The family rebellion, long building despite Mitt Romney’s initial reluctance to change, reached a climax in September, amid mounting evidence that the status quo was doomed to failure. The course correction came after internal polls showed him losing nearly every swing state and a loud chorus of second-guessing among prominent conservatives.
At about the same time, top officials came to realize that they had become prisoners of the 24-hour news cycle, “preventing Mitt from painting a bigger picture of his presidency,” a Romney adviser said.
One result was Monday’s foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute. Aides are now considering following it up with a speech on jobs and the economy, and then one on debt and spending. Another one on energy has also been discussed. The economic speech is designed as a high-profile pushback to the Obama campaign’s attacks. One adviser, invoking the famous Bob Dole quote from 1988, said the gist will be: “Stop lying about my record.”
This explains what we’ve been seeing – a more confident, perspicacious, and compelling Romney, unafraid to give details about what he’s going to do as president.
It has interrupted the sorry strategy of focusing mainly on Obama’s failures. Sure, Romney needs to talk about this, but now he’s given voters a new home to come to as well.