The biggest speech that any candidate R or D was going to give this primary season happened today in College Station, Texas. Governor Romney was eloquent in sections, and sounded the right note with this line in particular:
No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.
Most importantly the reviews are in and they are positive. Halperin- Consensus "He did it" "Unqualified, rave reviews" from the folks at MSNBC. His Drudge advantage pays off with banner headlines throughout the day.
What kind of effect will it have in Iowa? The Romney camp hopes it will allay any misgivings Iowans might have about his faith. Did he achieve that today? Unlikely, but that's hard to say.
What is not disputable is that he owned a news cycle, with nearly all positive coverage, 28 days from the caucus. Which makes this a winning day for his camp without a doubt.
NB- For a good laugh, check out Hugh Hewitt's take. I hope he wasn't too sore after writing that. We remember a past Cooler dispute over the term "fluffer." I think he now officially qualifies!