Is Mitt Romney finally learning how to campaign?
Could be, if one can believe reports from the campaign trail.
Kasie Hunt of The Associated Press says Romney is now “looser and largely gaffe-free” on the stump.
The personal stories were slightly awkward. The small-town events tended toward the corny. His chats with voters were usually just a few words. But as Mitt Romney campaigned across six states, he loosened up a little — and avoided the verbal gaffes that had plagued him in the past.
Hunt isn’t the only one noticing a more relaxed Romney. Reports from The New York Times and MSNBC say the same.
The six-state swing is helping Mitt Romney show his softer side. The New York Times describes it as “perhaps Mr. Romney’s deepest plunge into retail politics since the primaries.
As poll show the race closing and statistically tied, Demcoratic strategists are urging Obama to “nuke” Romney with a barrage of negative ads.
Frank Rich, writing in New York Magazine, says:
The president, any president, should go negative early, often, and without apology if the goal is victory. The notion that negative campaigning is some toxic modern aberration in American democracy is bogus.
And so it goes…