The NY Times reports that "a flustered [Romney] adviser, describing the mood, said that the campaign was turning into a vulgar, unprintable phrase." I'm assuming the adviser actually used a vulgarity, rather than saying the campaign has transmogrified "unprintably." Then again, this is the Romney campaign.
How long can this [expletive deleted] mess of a Monty Python crusade go on? Almost daily it clears a wide path to some fresh hell. "Well practiced in the art of lurching from public relations crisis to public relations crisis," continues the Times, "his team seemed to reach its limit as it digested a ubiquitous set of video clips...." God knows by now we're all experts on the video, so no need to rehash that, and Dana Milbank this morning has a nice abstract of the long and lengthening history of Romney's self-inflicted crises, just in case your memory needs refreshing.
Let's see, it's been two whole days since the video's release. Yet the video itself was "produced" by Romney some time ago, so it was kind of a "pre-gaffe." Does that count against his weekly quota of blunders, bloopers and nincompoopism?
The media, though, are lurching from despair to panic in much the same way, but for different reasons, than Romney's staffers. How does one keep a mass, news-consuming audience in its seats when Romney's circus is collapsing its tent in a "palpably gloomy and openly frustrated mood"?
The NY Times, for one, is sticking with the conventional barking:
It may prove a fleeting anxiety: national polls show the race remains close, even though Mr. Romney trails in some key swing states.
There are 10 swing states. They are all key. Romney trails in nine.