The estimable Christopher Rizo reports:

Franklin, NH (AHN)–Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took swipes today at the Democratic front-runners, deriding their platforms as out of touch with mainstream voters.

While critical of the Democratic field in general, the former Massachusetts governor saved his sharpest criticism for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who leads the Democratic pack in the polls.

“I don’t think Hillary Clinton could get elected president of France with her platform. France is moving toward us,” Romney told voters at a senior citizens center, according to The Associated Press.

“I’m convinced that America is going to change course and the question is which way it is going to go: Are we going to take a sharp left turn represented by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards, or are we going to march forth with the American values that have always helped us be the strongest nation on earth. And I believe we’ll do the latter,” Romney said.

Romney’s criticism comes days after an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to support the GOP’s top-tier candidates: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or Romney himself … more

Romney’s negative attacks–always clumsy, naive, and poorly argued–tend to backfire, as when Romney’s bungling compelled CNN–yes, the Brody File hosted by the Christian News Network!–to defend Obama! See:

The Brody File defends Obama against Scurrilous Romney Attack–yes, you read correctly, *defends* Obama

Romney’s attacks serve as alibis, the politics of distraction. Yet the more audible Romney becomes, the more he slides in the polls. See:

Boivie to Romney: “spend less money and keep quiet”

We ask: would incompetence like this be sustainable without Romney’s much touted “vast personal fortune?” For more on Romney’s vast personal fortune, please see:

Cillizza: “[Romney] campaign has sought to downplay the extent of [Romney’s] personal donations” 

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Romney supporter: the White House is for sale, and Romney has the money to buy it

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The equity sector candidate, Romney, discovers that the political right is largely for sale 

yours &c.
dr. d.g.

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