The Romney Campaign in ‘Freefall’

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From The Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON -– Republicans could use a bit of advice from an unlikely source right now: Obama adviser David Plouffe, who in 2010 told Democrats worried about the mid-term elections, “No bed-wetting.”

Now it’s Republicans who are frightened. Mitt Romney’s recent troubles have created a sense of gloom, and a good dose of doom, in the Grand Old Party.

“I think there is a broad and growing feeling now, among Republicans, that this thing is slipping out of Romney’s hands,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, in a “come to Jesus,” in-your-face column posted on Tuesday night.

Noonan is correct.

After going from a Democratic convention that gave President Barack Obama a bump, to Romney’s bumbling handling of Middle East unrest, to a story about campaign infighting, and now with the release of a secretly taped video of Romney, numerous Republicans said there is now a sense of siege.

“There’s a feeling of almost that this thing’s in free fall,” said a Republican consultant with deep experience on Capitol Hill and extensive contacts in the Romney campaign. “When campaigns spend an enormous amount of time trying to figure out why they’re broken, I don’t know if they ever come back,” said this Republican, who like others who spoke about their frustration, did not want to be identified.

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