Mitt Romney's much-ballyhooed appearance with Donald Trump at a Las Vegas fundraiser Tuesday night isn't necessarily an important event in the presidential race. Despite a maelstrom of coverage, it will have left only a shallow mark on the voting public's consciousness after it fades from view later this week. Remember "Etch A Sketch-gate"? Most voters don't.
But the putative GOP presidential nominee's proximity to America's most famous birther is important in another symbolic way. Romney, even as he should be redirecting his campaign toward to the political middle after the primary yanked him to the right, is still trying to instill excitement among conservatives at the risk of alienating moderates.