Mitt Romney: Personable, Credible, Concise, Comfortable in Own Skin

Mitt Romney’s hair, truck, jeans, open-collar shirts, etc. have been the subject for commentary. Some say he’s trying to re-make himself into something he’s not.

We know they’re wrong.

Here’s a good read (editorial from Foster’s Daily Democrat):

Mitt Romney comfortable in his own skin for 2012

Sometimes when you’re taking notes during an editorial board meeting, the most important comments are not quotes from the candidate. Rather, they are the notes made in the margins, to be retrieved later for editorials such as this one.

Last week members of Foster’s Daily Democrat’s editorial board sat down with Republican presidential primary candidate Mitt Romney. It was a return visit for Romney who stopped by during his 2008 bid for the White House, a primary race eventually won by John McCain (who Foster’s endorsed).

With that context in mind we move to our notes in the margins …

Let’s start with page one, which reads “relaxed,” “personable,” and “credible.”

The Mitt Romney that visited Foster’s last week has come a long way since he dashed in and out our doors in 2008. This time there was no entourage, no hurried pace and no doubt that the former Massachusetts governor had done his homework.

So as not to have any misunderstandings, we are in no way implying that Romney has remade himself simply to win an election, as his opponents (both Republican and Democrat) contend.

Another note will explain: “comfortable in his own skin.”

There is much to be said of timing in politics. A last time around, Romney seemed to be headed in all directions at the same time. Perhaps too much on his plate or too many editorial boards. Regardless, in 2008 Romney was not as focused as we had hoped. It was clear then that it was not his time.

Not so last week.

Romney seems to have come of age, thus the phrase “comfortable in his own skin.” This initial perception of him was reinforced as the editorial board meeting went on. Thus a bit later in our notes is the word “mature.”

Foster’s believes that as a candidate and an individual, Romney has grown immensely in four years (again, not “changed” as opponents argue).

His relaxed nature gave the impression of a man at peace with himself and his positions on the issue. The latter was apparent as we asked him to discuss the multiple wars the United States is currently fighting and may be dragged into fighting (like Syria).

One by one, Romney analyzed, diagnosed then prescribed. Agree or disagree at each point along the way, Romney offered a confidence that was reassuring, especially given the mixed signals coming out of the White House these days.

This is what generated the final set of notes in the margins: “clear,” “concise,” and “informed.”

If there was any concern in 2008 that Romney used Cliff Notes instead of studying the entire text of foreign and domestic policy, there was none last week.

(emphasis added) Read more here.

► Jayde Wyatt

In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can read Mitt’s latest op-ed that was originally published by Fosters on the 27th here.