Romney has had a series of September self-inflicted distractions that has kept him on the defensive and off message:
- A too quick reaction to the Libyan attack, causing consternation among the foreign policy establishment, including some Republicans. Subsequent events are justifying much of his basic criticism of Obama’s policy and especially his watchfulness in Libya.
- “Off the record” fundraising comments on the “47 percent” of Americans dependent on government that are easy to characterize as harsh and divisive. It also started a long media cycle as to the accuracy and implications of the position.
See Gallup: Voters’ reaction to Romney’s “47%” comments tilts negative