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.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.