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The Romney Enigma
This is not as weird as the dog on the car thing but this is, well, just odd. On a more serious note there is an extensive interview with Romney in the Wall Street Journal which reveals both the promise of and the problem with his candidacy. On one hand there is plenty of evidence of his management skill, ability to absorb detail and competence. These are all good things obviously in a president. But there is also this line which his campaign chose to highlight in the email blast today: “Having established his biography, he turns without pause to the question, which he asks himself, ‘Why am I running for president?’ The answer to this question is as abstract as his overture was personal. The ‘I’ in the question seems to disappear: ‘I think what America faces now are extraordinary challenges, which, if we deal with appropriately, will allow us to remain the world’s military and economic superpower for an indefinite period of time.'” Well, that I think is actually the problem with the Romney candidacy. There is no “I” there– no readily discernible core personality that attracts, reassures and connects with voters. Unlike any other office the presidency is the ultimate “I” race — the man ( or woman) matters. We’re hiring a president not a management guru. For now, Romney remains remote and even indifferent in many contexts. And sometimes downright weird.
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