It’s still too early to tell, but if the Washington Examiner’s Byron York is right, the vaunted “Romney Death Star” has an unshielded thermal exhaust port at the center of its super-structure:
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.
When the general election began, the assumption was that the Romney Death Star was fully operational; it had destroyed Newt Gingrich in a show of force, and overtook Rick Santorum in his underdog effort to win the nomination. But in the face of a fully-equipped opponent, it has faltered. It can’t direct the media narrative, and it apparently wasn’t prepared for the relentless assault of the Obama campaign.
The Romney campaign has put itself in an unnecessarily vulnerable position, and while there is still time to spring back, it’s currently hard to have confidence in their ability to navigate the situation.