Thomas Burr points out an interesting fact:
Since Election Day, the Democratic National Committee has issued 15 news releases slamming Romney – more than any other Republican eyeing the White House. Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of the frontrunners, was the subject of 11, while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is polling at the head of the pack, felt heat from only one release.
Why would this be the case?
“Democratic strategists are secretly more fearful of running against Romney,” says Chuck Todd, editor in chief of the political news outlet The Hotline. If Romney can get past the Republican nomination process, the guy who passed universal health care in his own state will be a “much tougher general election candidate” for the Democrats to beat than many believe, Todd predicts.
“He clearly has strengths that would make him a formidable general election candidate,” says Jim Jordan, who served for a while as campaign manager for Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004. “He’s smart, he’s attractive and he’s very smooth.”
CHARLES adds: It’s also worth noting that these releases always label the Governor “Smooth-Talking Mitt Romney.” Are we supposed to be upset that he has, um, a better way with words than the current guy in the Oval Office?