What Mitt's failures tell us about voters' economic worries
On his way to losing the New Hampshire primary—and with it his chance at the GOP's brass ring—Mitt Romney had a few confident months. John McCain fell in the polls, and instead of attack ads Romney ran commercials introducing him to voters as a "business legend". They recapped his years as a venture capitalist and big-money turnaround artist (his most famous project being the 2002 Winter Olympics) over a hum of inspiring, faux-U2 music. In speeches and interviews Romney portrayed himself as a master fixer, ready to become what the conservative Weekly Standard called a "CEO president".