The big Times story about how Mitt Romney's race is all about still trying to live up to the expectations of his nutty coulda-been-a-contender dad is pretty fascinating (LOL @ Ann Romney saying, essentially, "My husband is running for president because of unresolved daddy issues") but this sentence is more or less the platonic ideal of shitty campaign journalism: "(Opponents say Mr. Romney has shifted on gun control, gay rights and immigration as well)." Leaving aside the period placement outside the parenthesis, "OPPONENTS" "SAY" THOSE THINGS BECAUSE THEY'RE VERIFIABLE FACTS. Some critics have charged that Rudy Giuliani is bald! And, uh, a serial adulterer. [NYT]