Echoing The Washington Post's Greg Sargent, Steve Benen over at The Maddow Blog notes that when Hilary Rosen makes inartful comments about Ann Romney, it sets off a week-long feeding frenzy, even though Rosen has no formal tie to the Obama campaign. And yet when Donald Trump—an official surrogate for Mitt Romney who's hosting a Las Vegas fundraiser for him next week—openly embraces birtherism yet again, no one cares.
But it's actually even worse than Steve says. So confident is the Romney campaign that it won't be held to account for Trump's extremism that it's explicitly assuring the world the two men are still tight.
"He'll stand up next to Donald Trump and he'll talk about why he wants to be president," campaign spokesman Kevin Madden declared on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports. "Any time the subject goes off of that, where it's something where...Governor Romney would disagree, he's going to make that very clear. Just as he has in the past, and he'll do in the present, and he'll do in the future."
Romney has said in the past that he disagree with Trump. But it's still considered fine for the two to campaign together. And apparently, the Romney camp doesn't expect that to change any time soon.