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The sound you hear is a Republican tearing his hair out.

Mitt Romney spoke to several empty seats Friday in Detroit, in a speech that offered Democrats more fodder for their attacks and failed to deliver the major economic address his campaign promised.

Is there a skilled politician out there? Somewhere? I leaned toward Romney (asked by lib Dem close friend) some months back.

Now I aim to cast my Illinois vote on March 20 for the Santorum man, who by the way gets a strong thumbs-up by the extremely well-versed international politics expert Michael Ledeen in the WS Journal.

HOLD ON THERE: Larry Kudlow praises Romney’s Detroit speech, in which

. . . he touted his new across-the board 20 percent reduction in personal tax rates. The language is crucial: “By reducing the tax on the next dollar of income earned by all taxpayers, we will encourage hard work, risk-taking, and productivity by allowing Americans to keep more of what they earn.”

This is supply-side language. It is incentive language.

And what this voter wants to hear.  What’s going on here?  The Hill has been reliable, ditto Kudlow.