Last week, in the midst of swirling questions about Mitt Romney’s private-sector background, there was one line in particular the Republican campaign seized on. Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election team, raised the specter of Romney having committed a “felony” with misstatements in his SEC filings.
Cutter wasn’t alone – even fact-checkers siding with Romney had raised the same point – but Republicans pounced. For the Obama campaign to even mention “felonies” was proof, they said, of viciousness. It’s precisely why Romney asked for an “apology.”
That was a few days ago. When we compare Cutter’s comment to the latest tirade from former Gov. John Sununu, arguably Romney’s top campaign surrogate, let’s just say it puts a new spin on who might owe whom an apology.