Well folks, Mitt Romney took the show on the road to Europe and did not have that great a time of it. Of course, it isn't anywhere near as bad as the Bought and Paid For Media would have you believe, but they have the narrative and the narrative seems to be that it was not a successful trip. Most of the chatter stems from two statements--both of which were the truth, one of which was a self-inflicted wound and one of which is actually a plus.
Let's start with the self-inflicted wound. It doesn't matter how prepared the UK is for these Olympic Games, and it doesn't matter how much experience Governor Romney has with running an Olympics--the only acceptable response to the question (which he answered honestly) about the UK's readiness to host the Olympics was "they appear ready and excited to host a very successful Games"--and that's it. No one needed to hear the truth from a former Olympics organizer, because the question wasn't asked of a former Olympics organizer. It was asked of a current candidate for President.
On the second front, Romney spoke approvingly of the cultural differences that seem to be at work in the productivity of the Israeli people. Oh my...the Palestinians are beside themselves, some crying racism. But you know what? Mr. Romney isn't counting on a great outpouring of support from Palestinian Americans. He is however, looking to court Jewish Americans, and there is little doubt that many greeted his comparison with approval.
All this said, the plain truth is that the echo chamber is reverberating with the "it was a disaster meme". I don't think the campaign will be able to reverse this--so, change the story. Announce the VP as soon as Romney lands. Make THAT the story that they talk about. Oh, and make sure the VP is Condi... :)