Director's Note: In my rush to get to a meeting, I neglected to give credit where credit is due. David G., you are indeed the Man. -- SM
|(Yet Another) Smarter Than the Media|
In a great many of the media's post-game analyses of the Thursday, December 6th Mitt Romney religion speech, including that of the Associated Press, we are treated to the negative reactions thereto of one Costas Panagopoulos, who is rightly (if only partially) identified as "a political science professor at Fordham University".
Amongst his many analytical stylings on Romney's effort:
"The Romney strategy with the speech appeared to be to try to kill two birds with one stone - to placate voters who are apprehensive about him as a Mormon or as a flip-flopper. But I am not convinced he was successful in doing either. At the end of the day, it is very difficult to change voters' pre-existing beliefs, and it would probably take a much more powerful speech than the one Romney delivered today."
"Make no mistake about it, this was a political speech. Romney sounded like he is running for pastor-in-chief rather than commander in chief."
And on Tuesday, December 4th, in an Agence France-Presse story entitled "Caustic Clinton gets tough on Obama", we have him offering his view on Hillary beginning to bare her fangs in the Donkey primary. He is most approving of her so doing:
"As the polls have been tightening it seems to be it is a reasonable strategy to pursue, especially when you are not far and away the front-runner, as she has been in other places and in national polls."
There is only one little problem with going to this guy for his thoughts on all things either Romney, Republican or Rodham: he is an ex-Hillary Clinton staffer.
How do we know this? How did we ferret out this subterranean knowledge? We checked his website's biography. Second paragraph, first sentence.
We are positively exhausted after the extensive, laborious effort to track down this tidbit.