On Morning Joe today, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell riffed about Mitt Romney's big problem -- his fear of making a mistake.
"I'm going to analogize this a little bit to Al Gore who, in 2000, was scared of making a mistake, so he couldn't say a thing in public.
He couldn't be the Al Gore who was smart, resourceful, which he was in private. When we had the press in at our fundraisers, Al Gore would deliver a speech, and it was as bland and as stultifying as can be. Soon as the press left, he was on, he was warm, he was engaging, he wasn't afraid of making a mistake.
They've twisted Mitt Romney up, because I know the governor. The governor in person -- off the air? He's charming, he's incisive.... and smart. The guy out on the campaign trail is nervous and stiff, is humorless, and most importantly, he seems to be dumb."
A few seconds later, Rendell said:
"You can't be afraid to lose. Once you're afraid to lose, you're done."