I don’t like Mark Halperin-style process stories about campaigns, and don’t agree that much with “if he can’t run a campaign, how can he run the country” type analysis. That said, given establishment punditry’s reluctance to discuss criticism of Bain, our best best for keeping the story might be “oh noes, look how badly the Romney campaign is handling it“:
It would appear that a certain overconfidence has built up in the Romney camp, a smugness that would appear to come from beating an incredibly weak group of underfinanced, poorly organized rivals. In a couple of cases, these included candidates whose campaigns couldn’t even manage to get their names on the ballot in the state in which they were legal residents (Virginia). Maybe it won’t matter, maybe the economy is so lousy and unlikely to improve that voters will opt to fire Obama after all. But this election is starting to look enough like 2004 that Karl Rove should be demanding royalties from the Obama campaign, and others may conclude that no presidential campaign should ever again be based in Boston.