Several people have written in to recommend yesterday's Fox News interview of Mitt Romney, by Bret Baier. The main theme of the messages is that these few minutes offer a glimpse of why, even though on paper Romney seems the only* plausible general-election challenger to Barack Obama, he has struggled to close the sale against the likes of Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and now Gingrich. [*Except for Jon Huntsman, who has faced an even more difficult struggle in the Republican primary field.]
There is a kind of tetchy haughtiness, behind surface humor, that you can imagine coming across in the wrong ways in a long campaign. Watch, for instance, a passage beginning around time 3:05, with a sequence of tough follow-up questions by Baier about changes in his positions. Maybe all of this is already playing a role in the primary campaign. Of course soon it will all be up to the electorate of Iowa and New Hampshire to decide.
Back to the recent discussion of whether it means something, or absolutely nothing, that Romney went out of his way to tell Wolf Blitzer that Mitt was his "first name," when it's not. Many people wrote to urge empathy not so much with Romney in particular as with the general plight of those with "non-standard" names.