Romney punished himself by introducing crime at the debate.
Last weekend, fresh upon news that a killer freed without bail, by a judge appointed by ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, had allegedly killed two people in Graham, Washington, crime emerged as a new issue in the campaign for the 2008 Republican nomination.
This was not a necessary development. True, according to October figures from Gallup, 57 percent of Americans view crime as an "extremely serious" or "very...