NPR's Ari Shapiro tells us that Mitt Romney responded to that "Mitt vs Mitt" ad created by the Democratic National Committee that revolves around the enduring allegation that he's a political weathervane: It must mean Democrats fear him.
After a campaign event in Miami Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate, said:
"Don't know what they're afraid of. They don't want to see me as the nominee, that's for sure. It shows that they're awfully afraid of facing me in the general election. They want to throw the primary process to anybody but me. So bring it on, we're ready for em."
"I don't know what the Democrats are afraid of. I think it's quite a compliment that they've decided to try to throw our primary to anybody but me. But you know what? I'm in a great position to take on the president, he does not want to face me. He does not want to face someone who can talk about the failure of his record and who can create jobs like I can."
Here's an alternative interpretation. Democratic strategists have made no secret about that they are persuaded that once we're through the first several primaries and caucuses, it will become apparent that Romney will be the Republican presidential nominee.
So they basically want to get a head start on the job of burning deeper into voters' psyches the view that Romney's positions on issues are exceedingly situational.
But with his campaign now facing an unexpected threat from Newt Gingrich, Romney's tack was clear. Remind Republican voters that he's the one candidate who runs the best against President Obama and suggest that any attempt to derail him, including the former House speaker's ascent, was just the latest Democratic plot.