Romney may look weak by not gathering any momentum with the electorate, but it is likely to be a winning strategy for the Republican nomination. Gingrich earned headlines this week by talking about arresting federal judges who make "controversial rulings"; former George W. Bush attorney general called the proposal, "dangerous, ridiculous, totally irresponsible, outrageous, off-the-wall and [he asserts it] would reduce the entire judicial system to a spectacle."
Meanwhile Romney, when confronted about the payroll tax debate, preferred to "keep a safe distance from the fray in Washington," as CBS correspondents Sarah Boxer and Sarah Huisenga put it. While he talked about how assertive he will be when he is president, he declined to be assertive now. Entering the payroll tax debate carries a risk; he could end up being associated with a losing policy (or lack thereof). But, it would have made news if he actually pushed. With opponents imploding all around him, Romney seems to feel that despite the possible reward, speaking up is not worth the gamble.