As pundits were pronouncing Mitt Romney's chances all but gone yesterday, Politico summed up the thoughts of one skeptical Dem strategist this way: "It ain't over until Karl Rove sings." Well, Rove weighed in on the matter today, and he's not singing. The fuss over Romney's remarks on the 47% and on Libya before them "is a classic example of the commentariat investing moments with more meaning than they deserve," he writes in the Wall Street Journal. This will blow over, just as Obama's "you didn't build that" controversy did.
Romney, though, better brace for lots of attacks on the issue and be deft in deflecting them. He also needs to get more specific on his plans to help the middle class, suggests Rove. Yes, Romney has big challenges, but Obama does, too, especially on the economy, so let's wait and see what the debates bring before calling the race. Romney "must reassure voters he's up to the job of being president," while the "fluid and agile" Obama "will be expected to command each encounter." If the president falls short, the polls might turn against him. Click for Rove's full column.