His big problem with that is that he still has two mutually exclusive goals to accomplish...do some damage control with the 47% of the electorate that he dissed and keep his base riled up. He clearly can't do both.
So if I were a soulless Republican strategist, I'd borrow a tactic from Romney's past...outsource one of those. Romney himself can take on the persona of the candidate with empathy and outsource the fear/anger mongering to your media surrogates - all with plausible deniability for the latter.
And what better way to rile up the fear/anger of the base than to take a cheap shot at the President as the quintessential "angry black man?" That one has worked for decades. And the base has been absolutely dying to hear more about that Rev. Wright fellow, haven't they?
Besides which, when the major media outlets pretty much ignore a five year old story, they can rile up the base even more with crazed conspiracy theories about their liberal bias.
Who cares if they spin this in such a way that it fans the flames of hate that divide us? Mitt Romney is running for office, for pete's sake. This isn't about what's best for the country. Its about getting a Republican elected.
So don't be surprised if, at the debate tonight, you see a Mitt Romney that bears absolutely zero resemblance to the nastiness that was unleashed last night. The guy had to do something to deal with the schizophrenic nature of his campaign. And he did what any