Deft Touch

As an addendum to my last post about Mitt Romney’s delicate balancing act between a monomaniacal economic message and the need to appeal to a conservative activist “base” seething with cultural resentments, I offer this observation from Paul Begala, as quoted by Jonathan Martin and James Hohmann in a Politico piece on Mitt’s handling of the latest excrusion of the Jeremiah Wright “issue:”

The problem with running against every incumbent president, but especially this one, is that you don’t ever want to look like you’re rooting against America. So Romney needs a deft touch. And it’s not in him.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.