Is Mitt Romney just too perfect?

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Michael Brendan Dougherty makes the case that Mitt Romney is just too perfect:

Most Americans would get a beer with Clinton. And thus they’d vote for him. But they’d rather have had Romney date their young daughter. And that’s a problem for Romney. … Romney is too distinguished by his success, by his good looks, his clean living, and picture-perfect family to be the vehicle through which a mass of today’s Americans express themselves in politics.  We can forgive riches (George W. Bush), or a little vice (Clinton), or a good family life (Obama), so long as there is a little tinge of the frathouse or at least a cigarette habit to offset it.  In a society that assumes equality–that we’re all basically the same–Mitt Romney just stands a little too tall and straight.

Similarly, Kathleen Parker argues that people have a hard time connecting with the “near-perfect” Romney, and not the other way around. Scott Galupo is indignant:

Romney’s principal problem isn’t a lack of personal connection with people. It’s that he irritates people. He’s a transparent phony who, unlike President Bill Clinton, isn’t even particularly good at being phony. … [He’s] a rancid impostor.

Via The Daily Dish.

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