A Minor Mitt Misstep

This strikes me as one of those telling little moments that the press corps is going to bring up again and again as the campaign moves forward.

In New Hampshire this week, Mitt Romney said this to a man in a National Rifle Association hat: "I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life."

As the Associated Press points out, "all my life" amounts to twice: once when Romney was 15 years old and once last year.

The biggest knock on Romney as a viable presidential candidate – aside from the fact that he's OH-MY-GOD-A-MORMON – is that he's a bit of a panderer, as this oft-viewed YouTube clip seems to suggest. And little snafus like this are not what Romney needs if he's going to keep the press corps from pushing that notion until it hardens into conventional wisdom.