There are a lot of kind words for Mitt Romney on the Detroit News editorial page Wednesday. But by trying to hide the few words that weren’t very nice, the Romney campaign could lose the narrative — and the goodwill of the paper.
The News endorsed Romney with less than a week to go in the Michigan primary race. … All in all it was a nice editorial for the campaign …. But there was one graph where the paper took strong issue with Romney over the issue of the auto bailout, which has dogged him since the Michigan race began in earnest.
The Romney campaign apparently felt it best to drop that part down the memory hole. …
(Follow the link to read the endorsement, or the earlier link to view McMorris-Santoro’s article citing the omitted paragraph.)
This “sin of omission” is neither more nor less dishonest than the lies of other Republican candidates, particularly this year. It is what we have come to expect of the Republican candidates and the Republican base. It is who they are; it is what they do.
That said, I’m damned if I can see how Romney and his campaign thought they were going to get away with this in Michigan. The GOP has already given us one (to put it politely) less-than-bright president in the past decade. If this is typical of Romney’s reasoning skills, he is no better than Dubya.