The great Daniel Larison often hits my right-wing miserabilist sweet spot. Here he is on Team Romney’s plan to generate a breakthrough moment for their flailing candidate. Excerpt:
Romney’s trouble is that his reputation as a phony and a panderer is so well-established now that any change that he makes is immediately dismissed as a new attempt in pandering. Perversely, Romney’s seemingly endless capacity for pandering makes it more difficult for him to break out of bad campaign habits. No one has tried to fake authenticity more than Romney, and everyone expects whatever he does to be contrived and put-on for their benefit.
That’s true — and it gets harsher.