Romney and His Gang: “They’re Comfortable.”

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In the mostly empty Tampa Bay Times Forum this morning, media professionals, politicos of D and R designations, and pundits are milling about, as the world waits breathlessly for the GOP convention to begin tomorrow. While strolling through the arena, I ran into a top Republican who has not been so keen on Mitt Romney and his campaign tactics over the past year. He believes the Romney campaign has failed to engage voters in a fundamental fashion—regarding either Romney’s biography or policy beliefs.

Do you expect anything major to change on the Romney side? I asked.

“No,” he said, a tone of sadness in his voice. “I talk to people in the campaign and they tell me they’re comfortable where they are now.”

Really? I followed up. Given the lousy economy and the polls showing doom-and-gloom among the electorate, shouldn’t Romney be ten points ahead of the guy in the White House?

“Yes, but they think they’re in a good spot. And when you feel comfortable, you don’t change things.”

He rolled his eyes and added, “At least the weather is getting better.”

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