The national media is starting to discover a new candidate for president, who is emerging more and more into the spotlight: Mitt Romney -- the guy who until recently was the steady frontrunner for the nomination, but wasn't anywhere near as visible as his various challengers who have come and gone.
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As Ben Smith previously coined the phrase four months ago, Romney's media strategy could be characterized as the "Mittness Protection Program," with the candidate keeping a very low profile other than the national debates. This was compared to other candidates, who would readily sit down for national media interviews and hold press conferences.
In the time since then, there has been a boom-and-bust cycle of Romney opponents, one after another: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and (the now withdrawn/suspended) Herman Cain. But now Newt Gingrich is jumping ahead in the polls, in ways that strike some observers as different and more stable than was the case with the previous Romney challengers.