Romney is caught in an inauthenticity trap: How does a notorious political chameleon recast himself without it seeming like more of the same shape-shifting?
Romney now staggers into what is shaping up to be less a Super Tuesday for the GOP than a Stupor Tuesday. Early polls put Santorum up 11 points in Ohio and Newt Gingrich (yup, he's still around) up 15 in Georgia. As New York magazine's John Heilemann notes, Romney faces a tough road in states like Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, where a majority of the voters figure to be evangelicals. Throw in GOP primary voters' habit of fleeing the most recent victor and you have a formula for a fractured decision that leaves an already weakened party with the prospect of a lengthy string of really bad weeks.
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