Here we go again.
Romney is portraying himself as the victim of the liberal media and secular culture, and some social conservatives who opposed him in the GOP primary are rallying around him [italics mine].
Mitt Romney last week, to Fox News:
"I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans. He’s always looking for a scapegoat."
Romney, to Breitbart.com, again, last week:
"There will be an effort by the quote, vast left-wing conspiracy, to work together to put out their message and attack me."
Back to Politico:
Romney’s advisers privately admit that it’s helpful for their candidate to be seen, particularly by social conservatives, as a victim of the media and culture, but cautioned that it’s not the candidate’s personal style to be as overt in that way as Santorum and Gingrich.
"Paranoid"--"no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy."
Poor Mitt. There's one exposure he has genuine cause to be paranoid about--his Mormon faith--yet he can't be overtly, heatedly, fantastically paranoid about it, because the actual bogeymen come from his own political ranks: right-wing Christian fundamentalists, who themselves are intensely paranoid about pretty much everything and everybody.
Hence in the GOP presidential nomination we'll witness a deep paranoia operating inside an even deeper paranoia--the only question being, Whose is whose and which is which?