Get your bow; get your arrows: It’s open season on Mitt Romney.
Much of the news media isn’t even pretending anymore.
With 49 days to go before the election, we are witnessing an old-fashioned game of kill-the-carrier, with a football sewn into Romney’s jersey. The Republican candidate cannot come to his feet before being hit, again and again.
The narrative? “Watch rich-kid Mitt blow this thing.” Anything that feeds it is getting A1 treatment.
Even ostensible conservative columnist David Brooks is in on the act today. “Thurston Howell Romney,” his column headline reads, comparing the gigantically successful Republican businessman to the bumbling millionaire dilettante in the 1970s TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.”
Way to play against type, David.
Don’t get me wrong. Romney makes mistakes — some real doozies. And they deserve to be covered. But the attacks are beginning to feel like gratuitous blood sport.
Here is an actual headline from a New York Times story tweeted last week: “Mitt Romney Remains Vague on Details of Some Proposals.” I am not a regular Times basher, but c’mon. Has anyone asked the president for details on, say, his debt proposal?
The latest hit on Romney is over remarks he made at a private fundraiser months ago. The Republican presidential candidate was surreptitiously videotaped telling his audience that 47 percent of Americans — those dependent on government dollars — may be unreachable electorally.
That’s a conversation as old as America. “Anyone who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on Paul’s support,” the well-worn adage goes.
But Romney’s remarks were shocking(!), and became irresistible to headline writers: “Romney trashes the 47 percent,” one wrote. “Romney: Obama voters ‘believe they are victims,'” read another.