Joe Klein warns that Democrats “shouldn’t get too cocky about the internecine bloodshed. They’ve been handed a gift. Romney’s love of pink slips will stand as a historic blunder, one of the stupidest statements I’ve ever heard a politician make. And yes, it’s mega-dumb even in context. Who actually likes firing people? Only a person who has not even the most rudimentary understanding of what it means to be fired. It’s as insensitive and lunkheaded as saying, ‘There’s an upside when old people die.’ Or, ‘Miscarriages tend to weed out the bad apples.'”
“But the fact that Bain has blown so big, so early may not be good news for Democrats… if Romney wins the nomination, this early fuss might have inoculated him against the Scrooge gambit. The public may feel Bain is same old, same old by October.”
However, Greg Sargent argues that the GOP attacks have now given bipartisan legitimacy to what was previously an exclusively Democratic argument, making it tougher for Romney to counter that its “anti-capitalist.”
Meanwhile, the Romney Campaign announced that he raised $24 million in the last three months of 2012, the Washington Postreports.
“It’s a significant bump from Romney’s $14 million third quarter and another sign that he is close to locking up the Republican presidential nomination.”
Most striking: Romney has given no personal donations to his campaign, in contrast to four years ago when he pumped $40 million of his own money in the race.
And Romney is doing so well, First Read is already looking past South Carolina which “promises to be the first time that Romney will come under sustained fire — particularly over the TV airwaves — in this GOP race. And it will come after Romney’s rocky 48 hours leading up to the New Hampshire primary, particularly over the subject of Bain Capital. So, 10 days from now, it will be interesting to see what Romney looks like after this barrage. Yet consider this about Romney: He went into Iowa as the weak front-runner; he came out of it as the front-runner; and after last night’s victory, he’s emerged as the strong front-runner. And if he wins South Carolina, he will become the de facto nominee. It’s as simple as that.”