As Mitt Romney and the clueless Eric Fehrnstrom blithely wander into the utterly predictable Bain Capital/tax return trap that Jake Lingle has so expertly set for them, Byron York has a characteristically sharp column in the Washington Examiner regarding Team Romney’s Bush-like inability to fight back against the thugs from Chicago. His conclusion:
So at least at the moment, the vaunted Romney death star, the machine that flattened his Republican opponents, just isn’t working. Romney is trying to get traction — this week, he’s focusing on Obama’s crony capitalism — but he is struggling. To fix things, he’ll have to put out more facts about his own record, plus capitalize on more bad economic news for Obama (that’s a sure bet at this point), plus gain access to the money he’s raised for the general election, plus find a way to sharpen the SuperPACs’ games. And then he’ll have to regain the back-against-the-wall fighting spirit he had in the Florida primary. If he doesn’t, the Obama campaign will run over him.
No kidding. But you can’t win if you don’t understand the true nature of your opponent. So, as a public service to the Romney campaign, herewith some valuable campaign advice from someone who knows the Chicago Way inside and out, the great David Mamet: