I don’t disagree at all that authenticity is important and was always a problem for Mitt Romney. I say as much in my quick reaction for the Guardian. But let’s not idealize the authentic Iowa voters too much. Romney led there for months because he presented himself as a social conservative. If he had run as the pro-choice one-term former governor of Massachusetts, he would have been forced to bypass the caucuses just like the more authentic America’s Mayor.
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