TAMPA -- Mitt Romney delivered a fine, workmanlike speech tonight. The "oceans roll back" line was a hit; it was interpreted, in the room, as a knock on Barack Obama's pomposity, not a joke about global warming. I left the speech next to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, though, and I had to ask him: What did he think of Romney playing up his father's time in Mexico?
"I worked in Mexico City, with the DEA," he said. "So I know all about where his family came from. My family came here from Italy. It was a good thing to talk about."
I think so, too. But it was all fairly defensive, an argument that Romney should be liked, made to people whom -- he assumes -- don't quite like him yet. There'll be more in the ongoing breakfast table I'm writing with my colleagues here.