Peter Forster: A dumb amateur who doesn‘t have a message .... what Republicans really think of their own man, Mitt Romney
HE’S politically dumb and his campaign is run by amateurs. He doesn’t have a message and doesn’t know how to deliver a message. He’s a political let-down running on auto-pilot who needs to grab the controls. He’s a man whom only friends, relatives and fellow Mormons will ever love. And his name is Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President of the United States.
These are stinging jabs. All were made in the past week and all share one surprising thing in common: they were delivered not from the Obama campaign’s Chicago attack machine, as you might expect, but in a succession of punches from the Right.
Conservative pundits and editorial columns, senior Republicans and two of the big beasts of the business world – Rupert Murdoch and the former talismanic chief executive of General Electric, Jack Welch – have all voiced serious misgivings about Mr Romney’s ability to deliver victory in November.