Mitt Romney is running a cautious presidential campaign, so
fearful of making political blunders that he hasn't offered much more beyond
broad conservative outlines of how he would govern as president. So it comes as a surprise that he let his
guard down in
No, a few blunders across the pond won't change the trajectory of the presidential campaign. But for a candidate who still is largely undefined to many voters, the trip was designed to make him look presidential. Get a few well-timed photo-ops with foreign leaders, say nothing controversial, and voters could very well see Romney living in the White House in a year. But Thursday's blunders prevented him from scoring a controversy-free photo op with one of our closest allies.
Call it another missed opportunity for a campaign that's gotten most of the big-picture strategy right, but too often sweats the small stuff. Romney hesitated to tout his personal biography early on in the campaign for fear it would draw attention away from Obama's handling of the economy, but it allowed the president to define his record at Bain first, and as negatively as possible. He's hesitated to offer much red-meat rhetoric, fearing he'd alienate independents, but now he's (belatedly) finding that an aggressively ideological contrast with Obama on economic worldview is scoring him major political points - and playing to his personal strengths.