Romney’s closing message in Michigan or a new campaign?

Dean Barnett offers a scathing assessment of the Romney campaign today. I don’t want to focus on that here, instead his closing:

I hope Mr. Romney does well enough in Michigan today that he gets the opportunity to introduce the public to the real Mitt Romney. He is a wonderful and gifted guy. It would be nice if he and his campaign allowed the voters in on that secret.

If Mitt Romney’s closing speech to the Detroit Economic Club is the real, Mitt Romney, then we have an even bigger problem then we thought. Byron York had this analysis of the speech:

Romney’s proposals might not be music to the ears of free-market conservatives who believe Detroit made its own problems and needs to fix itself. But it’s what a lot of people in Michigan want to hear.

In other words, Romney ran to the left telling "a lot of people [what they] want to hear." If this is the real Mitt Romney, still telling people what they want to hear, abandoning his new refound principles, then just wait until a general election.

“Insincere” Romney campaign finds more astroturf

Dean Barnett, Mitt Romney’s former driver, attacks the campaign today in the New York Times:

Because Mr. Romney chose to make this argument a secondary matter compared to his stands on social issues, he mounted a campaign that was, at its most basic level, insincere. … But the public correctly sensed something disingenuous about Mr. Romney’s campaign.

This sense of insincerity permeates the campaign. Strategically, as Barnett notes, the campaign is based on the proposition of offering the candidate as something he is not. Tactically, the campaign repeatedly offers astroturf. Earlier, they offered the press staff to talk to without disclosing that relationship. This time, they did a photo-op a staffer’s mom, and didn’t disclose that relationship:

A well-publicized weekend photo-op for Mitt Romney turns out to have been missing a piece of information that might have undermined its credibility: the unemployed single mom at the center of the event was the mother of a Romney staffer.

Romney even offered her advice that seems to characterize him:

Ironically, when it came time to take questions from the reporters gathered around Sachs’ kitchen table, Romney joked: "If you don’t want to answer any questions, that’s fine, too. What I’ve learned is, if they ask a question, you can answer something else."