American voters see the economy as the most pressing issue. This priority was most pronounced immediately after the crash and in time to help Obama win the presidency in 2008. This time, focus on the economy might hurt him.
The American electorate is simply looking for a solution to the mess the country's in. Romney has allowed an image to grow of a politician with no concrete ideological beliefs, and this could prove to be a major plus in the current climate.
Romney's conveniently rewriting his own record. This is what spin is for, of course, but Mitt has just opened the door for a realistic comparison of the numbers, even if the Romney team (or the Obama team, for that matter) hasn't realized it yet.
Let's have a conversation about whether or not Romney's success in making money for investors through his position at Bain qualifies him to be president. Making money for investors doesn't mean that you know how to make the economy work for all Americans.
Most of us are not evolved enough to realize that we can't have our candidate and eat it too. We are not able to distinguish between what feels good (i.e., getting our way) and what feels right (i.e., having a commander in chief we can trust).
To the media I ask this question: Name one presidential candidate in recent history who had not sat down for any Sunday talk shows or non-Fox related cable news shows less than six months out from a presidential election? Name me one!
A humbler Romney would have acknowledged his role in the abuse, indicated his regret, and apologized to the victim in a meaningful way. Most Americans would buy that. Who hasn't done stuff as a teenager that they later wish they hadn't?