To the sort of conservatives who dutifully come to this conference every winter, Romney’s new offensive is a reminder that he’s learning the wrong lessons from Tuesday.

“It’s nice to know that Romney has never lived in Washington, but people are looking for more specifics,” said Jeff Bell, a grand old man of the conservative movement who was part of the 70’s-era New Right…

Romney didn’t only attempt to assuage such concerns from the podium here — he also met privately with a couple dozen conservative opinion-makers at the hotel Friday.

But according to attendees, he only got mixed results. One said Romney mostly listened and handled himself well. But two others left disappointed and complained about his ill-at-ease manner.

“Tepid presentation,” complained one prominent conservative who went to the meeting. “[He] still doesn’t seem comfortable.”