Romney wins a couple, confuses media (again)
It is only fitting that two relatively meaningless wins in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll and the Maine caucus for Mitt Romney should rewrite the media narrative created after three equally meaningless wins for Rick Santorum last Tuesday. In this yo-yo race, no sooner does the punditocracy pronounce someone is “surging” or another candidate is “in trouble” than fortunes reverse. This does not, however, prevent the press from once again over-interpreting or misinterpreting events.
The CPAC victory for Romney was especially telling. He gave one of the best speeches of his campaign — explaining why he is a conservative and some of his agenda items — and the crowd greeted him with multiple standing ovations. But the media reports were largely disparaging, fixating on his comment that he was a “severely” (probably a slip of the tongue in place of “seriously” or “solidly”) conservative governor.