“Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president?” Newsweek’s latest cover breathlessly asks. The point of Michael Tomasky’s hit piece seems to be this: A candidate who occasionally misspeaks utterly disqualifies himself from the presidential race.
“He’s kind of lame, and he’s really … annoying,” Tomasky whines. “He keeps saying these … things, these incredibly off-key things.”
“Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp,” he continues with a sneer. “In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp.”
Face the Nation immediately asked for a response from Romney and CBS’s Bob Schieffer made a few revealing comments on CBS News This Morning, calling Newsweek’s article “savage” and “brutal,” then perhaps pointing out the intended effect of the hit piece.
“When you put something like this article into the narration of the campaign, it sort of gives people ideas,” Schieffer said. “It plants suggestions.”
Running insulting or bizarre covers is Newsweek’s forte. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have both found themselves the object of its bullying scorn, while Romney has already seen his head photoshopped onto someone else’s body.