As you may know, a couple of weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses I broke a story refuting Mitt Romney's claim that his father had marched with Martin Luther King Jr. That story ended up getting huge national attention, and perhaps hurt Romney in his quest for the nomination.
My current feature about Mitt Romney, suggesting that he is re-launching himself as a slightly different candidate for 2012, has also gotten a fair amount of national attention. And, while I don't think my piece is particularly critical of Romney, it has been used by some, understandably, as more evidence that Romney is somewhat less than authentic. Very understanable; as I wrote:
Romney's previous reinventions — as a fairly liberal US Senate candidate, a moderate gubernatorial candidate, and then as a conservative presidential candidate — have already strained his credibility beyond the breaking point. Any further change — even to become the real, authentic Romney — will be viewed with suspicion, if not derision.
"The reason Mitt Romney is not attending the SRLC is because of conflicts with his book tour," says Eric Fehrnstrom. "The book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, comes out March 2 and he's on the road promoting it the entire month of March and half of April. During the SRLC, he'll be in Philadelphia (World Affairs Council speech), New Hampshire (St. Anselm's Institute of Politics speech and remarks to Politics and Eggs breakfast), Boston (Ford Hall Forum speech) and Minneapolis (book signing, Freedom Foundation speech)."