The jury is out (indeed, where do they go when they go out?) on whether campaign gaffes really have much of an effect on an electorate distracted by self-absorption.
Nevertheless, Mitt Romney’s writing off 47 percent of Americans has come under more scrutiny than Kate’s topless photos.
Was it a prudent thing for Romney to say, even if it was to GOP fat cats with long cigars and even longer stretch limos? Probably not. But it likely was the pragmatic thing to say.
What makes Romney the candidate sound gaffe-prone just may make him a much more effective president.
An intriguing theory about Romney is that he has a businessman’s approach to politics.
He sizes up a situation or an audience. He figures out what he needs to do to cut the deal. Then he does it, and expects it to work.
So he tells a group of well-heeled and well-groomed conservatives what he thinks they want to hear so they will show him the money. He’s closing the deal.
Romney is a businessman who came to politics out of a strong sense of duty — and belief in his own ability to repair what’s broken. Getting elected is what you have to do so you can do what you’re good at: fixing things.
God knows, there are even more things that need fixing in the White House than there are on my wife’s honey-do list.