The usually brilliant Kim Strassel hits it out of the park. When Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan I said it signaled a change in the Romney campaign. That may have been premature or, at the very least, incomplete. It was a bold move and I felt it was signaling a change in Romney. Instead it appears that Romney viewed Ryan's selection this way: "okay I did something bold, will you please leave me alone now?"
Romney went on offense over Libya. I said on the air today that if he doesn't stay strong and continue to challenge President Obama on foreign policy the results will be disasterous. And Strassel is right; the media's immediate rebuke was an effort to woodshed Romney for daring to be so aggressive. Months ago I described Romney as being dangerously cautious. Strassel's right. That cautious Romney has returned. And Strassel's movie metaphor here makes a point that's at the heart of the matter; maybe that x-factor that's keeping people from warming up to Romney is that inability to trust himself.