The Campaign Begins Whenever We Start Winning

Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller and McKay Coppins have an “insider” report on the calm mood in the Romney campaign, which they nestle into their own analysis of the contest suggesting Team Mitt has had a really bad month or so (“Mitt Romney has lost each of the last 40 days, each day in its own way.”).

Unsurprisingly, and belying their own obvious absorption in the day-to-day combat of the campaign, Romney’s people don’t think anything up until now really matters. They’ll get a “reset” when they do their Veep rollout and then the convention, and in any event, it’s All About the Economy. They better hope so, if they’ve given no more thought than this article indicates to the pounding their candidate is already receiving over his policy positions.

As I’ve been saying for a good while now, even if you don’t think Romney’s troubles right now ultimately matter, a bad stretch in the polls would create problems for him if only because it would likely revive demands from conservative activists that he go totally Breitbartian on Obama and get loud and proud about the revolutionary nature of the GOP agenda. A bad July jobs report tomorrow would take off a lot of the pressure.

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Ed Kilgore

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.