I'm surprised that the shot of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stuffing money into (and out) of his suit during his Bain Capital days hasn't resulted in more of a campaign flap. New York Magazine used the photo on their cover this week to frame a story they wrote about the candidate, and the image is floating all over the Internet, including on Twitter. Perhaps because he's never shied away from his corporate roots, it didn't shock the media, and his base is hoping for a business-friendly candidate so they took it in stride. Still, I'd be shocked if this image isn't referenced again. After all, isn't this the sort of thing that has the Occupy Wall Street contingent sleeping out in the cold for more than a month?
Generally considered the least error-prone and most on message of his fellow GOP presidential contenders, Romney has proven he isn't immune to blunders along the trail. Just today he irked some of his base by declining to get involved with a conservative-supported union reform law in Ohio while visiting the state. An inability to take a stance on an issue won't win him any admirers for certain, but there's an interesting paradox at work with the Romney campaign in that the pundits love to praise Romney's unflappable ways, but at the same time he fails to excite the electorate.
Wherever the Romney campaign goes from here, the Obama campaign certainly seems to think Romney is their man to beat based on the DNC ads that make the former Massachusetts governor their prime target. DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse also reportedly included that old photo from Bain in an email to supporters.