But there are plenty of people who argue that he's really not very good at being a politician and that it'll hurt him eventually, and today he provided some new evidence for at least the first part of that theory. As Greg Sargent notes, Romney managed to tell Politico that candidates should pull ads if factcheckers disapprove of them -- a standard which, as Greg notes, Romney repeatedly fails to meet. Indeed, Greg links to not one, not two, not three, but seven different Romney ads that factcheckers have dinged. That includes his current main ad, the welfare one that Politifact gave their Pants on Fire rating on Tuesday of this week.
The thing is..it's a stupid thing for a campaign to ever say. Even campaign that try to stay on truth side of the line are going to manipulate things to suit their campaign themes, and factcheckers are random enough that running afoul of them is something that even the most scrupulous candidate will do -- so why give the opposition a perfect quote to play back when that happens? And yet Romney is hardly the most scrupulous of candidates, as Greg documents. Not even close. So why do it?
It's almost as if Romney is a third-rate candidate who has no business playing politics at this level.
At any rate: Nice catch!