Mitt Romney might be reading too many of the ‘Romney is inevitable’ articles popping up everywhere. It’s entirely possible that Mitt think he’s just got to stay away from making mistakes and he’s the nominee. Certainly, he’s stayed away from reporters:

At 10:15 a.m., the Detroit-born Romney arrives, appropriately enough, in a silver Chevrolet Suburban. He’s in blue slacks and a white shirt, sleeves rolled up, with a light blue tie. His hair is somewhere between casually ruffled and exquisitely coiffed. He shakes hands with supporters as he walks the makeshift rope line.

“How are you?” Romney says. “Good to see you. Thank you for being here this morning.”

I’ve blended into the crowd a bit, and when he reaches me, I try to ask him a question.

“Governor, do you support the?—?”

He notices the pen and pad, pivoting away before I can finish. Back to the handshakes.

Mitt’s actions are quite understandable considering the Ohio/SB5 disaster last week. Mitt is nothing if not ultracautious. The people writing maximum checks like cautious. The activists that get things done don’t want calculating, finger-in-the-wind politicians.

They want politicians who speak from the heart, politicians that aren’t afraid to make a mistake, politicians who don’t change tactics and policies when the situation warrants.

Last week, alot of stories were written about the possibility of Gov. Perry not participating in all of the debates. That’s a legitimate topic worthy of coverage. People want to know that our nominee will be able to stand opposite President Obama and deliver the performances that make President Obama a one-term president.

Will the media start asking why Gov. Romney won’t appear on the Sunday talk shows? The LATimes published such an article this morning. My question is this: would they have published it if Chris Wallace hadn’t singled Gov. Romney out for not coming on for an interview.

Four GOP hopefuls hit the Sunday talk shows this week, a roster that did not include ostensible front-runner Mitt Romney.

The absence was pointedly noted by “Fox News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace, who concluded his one-on-one interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a not particularly subtle shot at the former Massachusetts governor.

“With Gov. Perry’s appearance, we have now interviewed all the major Republican candidates in our 2012 one-on-one series except Mitt Romney. He has not appeared on any Sunday talk show since March of 2010,” Wallace said.

“We invited Gov. Romney, but his campaign says he’s still not ready to sit down for an interview,” he added.

Blogger Moe Lane of the conservative site RedState said Wallce’s dig should be taken seriously by the Romney camp, lest he appear as lacking the confidence to submit to an in-depth interview.

After getting called out like that, first by a prominent Sunday morning talk show host, then by a conservative blogger, I’m betting that Mitt will soon appear on Fox News Sunday.

That said, his running from the media isn’t helping. People now have reason to question whether he’s got the spine needed to be POTUS. People are curious if Mitt’s spooked by his Ohio gaffe. Most importantly, people have the right to question whether he’s avoiding tough interviews because of the tough questions he’ll be asked.

People are questioning if he’s dodging questions about his flip-flops, his job creation record while he was the governor of Massachusetts and his positions on global warming. (Yes, I meant plural.)

Moe asks some great questions in his post:

I imagine that the temptation is strong for Romney, or his supporters, to shrug this one off, but I’d recommend against that, for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s a bad idea for a candidate to start acting as if he or she is above the petty considerations and/or obligations of campaigning; even if the media lets you get away with it in the primary they’re unlikely to let you get away with it in the general*. Second, specifically: Mitt Romney already has no reputation for bravery. Being perceived as hiding from the Sunday shows won’t help him erase that problem. Third, finally, and to draw off from the first reason: who the heck told Mitt Romney that he was entitled to act like the nomination was merely a formality, anyway? He’s a former governor and a mortal being, not some sort of mythological figure.

Mitt’s the weakest former frontrunner in recent GOP history. If he starts playing things cautious, it’ll cement people’s belief that he’s spineless. That’s the perfect way to cement in the activists’ minds that you don’t have the mental toughness to be POTUS.

If Mitt doesn’t have the spine to face tough questions from Chris Wallace, why should voters think he’s tough enough when the Obama campaign throws the kitchen sink at him?

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2 Responses to “Mitt Romney: Setting new records in spinelessness?”

  • Bob J. says:

    Great piece, Gary. This should tell any reader all he or she needs to know about both our supine national press and about Myth Romney. The media establishment desperately wants him to be the nominee because he’s the one Chairman Zero has the best chance of beating.

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