Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday got a taste of what the national campaign trail will be like.
His state awash in floodwaters, he announced that the Massachusetts National Guard, that storied group that at the Concord Bridge fired the shot heard 'round the world, would be on patrol to prevent looting in flooded areas.
Critics immediately said that he was politicizing the floods, as no looting was taking place.
Too bad Mitt didn't do what the MSM expects, which is to fail to patrol, allow looting (which creates great video for the MSM), and then blame Bush for the floods created by global warming created by inadequate CAFE standards and failure to ratify Kyoto, and then blame Bush for not having made a sufficient response to the disaster.
What the MSM won't do is contrast the very competent response of a well-governed state like Massachusetts with the chaos in the People's Republic of Huey Long.
It remains to be seen whether this is just an opportunistic shot at Romney or the MSM is determined to undermine any national appeal that this polished, accomplished, conservative Mormon Republican might have by doing this all the time.
We guess the latter. But oddly enough, that might just be what Mitt needs to mount an effective primary campaign. Conservatives love the guy who gets unfairly savaged by the press and keeps smiling. Remember a certain governor of California with that ability?