Did the winner of a year-long Obama bashathon in the Republican debates think it would go away once he won the nomination? Did Mitt Romney think he could swerve back from high-volume hyperbole and turn his rational attention to traditional GOP voters and Independents?
Not so easy . He may no longer be battling the likes of those weird Ricks, Santorum and Perry, but he is discovering that right wing crazies won't go away as a woman in Ohio gushes that President Obama "should be tried for treason," and the state auditor warms up the crowd with cackles such as giving the President credit for the bin Laden raid is like "giving Ronald McDonald credit for the Big Mac you ate for lunch...the the griddle deserved credit."
Clueless, Romney responds to the woman by waffling that the Constitution was "brilliant, probably inspired" but fails to distance himself from such rants as John McCain did in 2008. “I don’t correct all of the questions that get asked of me," Romney tells reporters. "Obviously I don’t agree that he should be tried.”
The Obama campaign calls him to account: “Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason.
"Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”
Eventually, Romney will find himself in the final scenes of Hitchcock's "Birds," being pecked over by rapacious loony birds of all descriptions. Will he just keep smiling his salesman smile or stop for a moment to remind off-the-wall supporters they are talking about the country's leadership, not a barnyard barbecue gone wrong?
The birds will keep coming back to roost.