In a matter of a few months since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has managed to transform itself from a traveling circus, to this past week being a circular firing squad. Such a display of incompetence as seen through a series of gaffes and rookie mistakes reflects badly on Romney as a leader. And then there’s the thing about not releasing his tax returns which doesn’t make things any better. That coupled with the effective assault of President Obama campaign attack ads which highlight Romney’s leadership as a vulture capitalist businessman and the on again off again functioning CEO of Bain Capital, has led Romney to curl up into a fetal position and beg for mercy on the heels of announcing his running mate. Yep, Obama’s ahead, Romney whines and asks for a truce on negative ads.

This from Talking Points Memo:

Kick in the door waving the four-four, all I heard was "Barack don't hit me no more."

Mitt Romney, battered by Democratic attacks over his Bain Capital record and taxes, is calling on President Obama to agree to a truce over his business career.

“Our campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature,” Romney said, according to excerpts of an upcoming interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd released Friday.

Romney said he would prefer the campaigns “only talk about issues,” and claimed that “our ads haven’t gone after the president personally. … We haven’t dredged up the old stuff that people talked about last time around. We haven’t gone after the personal things.”

Nice try Willard — we’ll see how the Romney campaign war chest plays by the rules as the election draws closer. My guess is — and I can be very wrong, but I doubt it — is that we’ll see an onslaught of negative ads (including the “old things” brought up the last time) in the last 60 days of campaigning before November’s general election. You know, sorta what we saw from Romney and company in the primaries? Yeah, much in the same way he destroyed his competition while being non-specific on anything by way of policy, other than Obama being bad for America.

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