Romney Quiet, Waits for His Moment

Romney ignoring news cycle for now, concentrating on Obama
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 8:51 AM CDT
Possible 2012 presidential hopeful, former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts speaks during a dinner sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, Friday, April 29, 2011 in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – Four years ago, Mitt Romney was everywhere. But as the former Massachusetts governor again guns for the White House, he's one of the quietest frontrunners ever—and that's a good thing, writes Dan Balz in the Washington Post.. "This year, he runs as if he couldn’t care less what others are doing," says Balz. "Four years ago his team wanted to win every news cycle. This year they operate with seeming indifference to whatever may be trending politically on Twitter."

“All of that takes focus off Mitt Romney so that he can just do his own thing,” says a New Hampshire Republican strategist. “Clearly, once that focus shifts away from the entertainment into heavy primary campaign issues, then he’s going to have to start battling.” Instead of getting wrapped up in the day-to-day political firestorms, Romney is concentrating on the economy and national security, keeping his sights firmly on President Obama and mostly ignoring his Republican rivals. "That has served him well," says Balz, but "[h]arder days lie ahead." Click for more on the GOP's 2012 problem.

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