In a Saturday Wall Street Journal profile of Team Romney, longtime aide Eric Fehrnstrom makes a huge error that could well derail the campaign and keep Boston off message all week:
Mr. Fehrnstrom compares working with Mr. Romney to “being launched out of a rocket.”
Mr. Fehrnstrom was at his desk at an ad agency, “working on a press release for a new, spicy menu at Popeye’s Fried Chicken,” when Mr. Romney phoned him to ask for help on his gubernatorial campaign. “I said to myself, ‘There have to be more interesting things in life than spicy fried chicken,’” Mr. Fehrnstrom recalled. “I hung up the phone, walked down the hall and quit.”
If Romney loses the vote of those who like spicy fried chicken, he is a dead man running. Fehnrstrom and Co. are presumably praying that the blunder will go largely unnoticed amidst a summer weekend with the Olympics in full swing.
As for the piece itself, it is well worth reading, in part because it includes some rare FOM Bob White quotes.