How Mitt Lost His Mojo

I'm not coming out as some sort of spokesman for the anti-tree, car-trashing, lake-draining lobby here, but you're going to have to do better than that.

It is either ironic or depressing that Romney -- at least for the time being -- needs to count on bad economic news for the country if he is to gain traction selling himself as the ultimate businessman who is here to assuage the nation's fiscal woes. The "good news" for Mitt is that there is still a long road to travel until November and projections of a rosy future in America may be premature. If the smoldering Greek Fire turns into a full blown conflagration and its effects make it across the pond, things may still turn on a dime. This could sour the nation's recently rekindled love affair with President Obama and open the door for the GOP a smidgen wider.

The bad news for Team Romney is that he doesn't have that lengthy runway to work with in terms of securing his place as the man who will actually face Obama in the general election. It's true that he could still turn things around with a big showing on March 6th, leaving all of these Santorum guessing games as little more than an embarrassing interlude in the punditry world. But if the poorly funded and frequently disorganized former senator continues to fire up the imagination of the base and scores big on Super Tuesday, the game may well be close to over for Mitt before he ever has a chance to build up a head of steam.

Perhaps he can get the campaign car back in gear by tying Rick Santorum to The L Word. (Lobbying is still something of a dirty term in conservative circles.) It would at least be more productive than trying to attack him from the left on abortion, or suggesting that some women could do better in terms of family planning than holding aspirin between their knees. In any event, Mr. Romney is going to need to come up with something to either bolster his own appeal or knock Rick Santorum down a few notches. And whatever he rolls out needs to be better than arboreal observations and a love of automobiles or large bodies of water.