Mitt Romney: In Search of Authenticity
As the Republicans continue to fret over
The native from coal-country
"The President and I made a bet," he said. "We bet on you and we won. No one was lining up to lend money, not even
The speech was pure preaching to the choir on the bailout, and it came from a self-serving politician. But the messenger came with a credibility out of his own blue-collar background, the lack of which has haunted and stymied Romney throughout this year's presidential campaign.
Unlike Romney, Biden has no need to bend himself out of shape with forced regional expressions of speech and references to local food favorites. His open and freewheeling manner conveys that he is comfortable in his own skin, something Romney would die for but seems beyond his personal grasp.
Biden's talent for connecting with audiences of various backgrounds does not come, to be sure, without a price on many occasions. He has become famous for his foot-in-mouth disease, such as carelessly taking as his own a British politician's tale of his family's climb out of poverty, which drove Biden out of his first presidential bid in the late 1980s.
His penchant for going on at excessive length fueled by his uncommon enthusiasm and his old-fashioned Irish gift of gab also has brought him criticism. There is a tendency among many to dismiss his seriousness and broad experience not only in politics, but also in the conduct of foreign policy as well.
As a longtime member of the
One of Romney's most obvious shortcomings is his inability to tell stories about himself that provide a window into who he really is. His late father, George, a former
Romney's own passions, in contrast, often are revealed in generalized accounts of saving this or that corporation, or building it from scratch in the impersonal world of high finance.
Whereas Romney evokes more
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