If you Google “Mitt Romney is a phony”, you get 102,000 hits. If you do the same search on “Rick Perry”, you get 51,800; “Ron Paul”, 32,300; and “Newt Gingrich”, 3,960. At the opposite end of the “authenticity” spectrum, if you Google “Herman Cain is a phony”, you get 8 hits.
When someone comes across as phony, it is because there is something that they are hiding. What Mitt Romney is hiding is that, while he passionately wants to have the most “strategic” executive job on the planet (and he may well get it), he is not a deep strategic thinker. He lacks what George H. W. Bush (who also lacked it) called, “The vision thing.”
This article is from January 12, 2012, a bit dated, but reading it now helps to bring Romney into perspective by pointing out that he really hasn't improved much over the past 9 months. Mitt Romney still comes off as a bit phony to many American voters. Too many to allow him to win this election.
One thing that apparently has changed in the past months is Louis Woodhill's perception of Romney's chance to win this election. Note in the quote above Woodhill writes
WhatMitt Romney is hiding is that, while hepassionately wants to have the most “strategic” executive job on the planet (and he may well get it),
But in his latest article, which I seeded as Mitt Romney's Brilliant Strategy For Losing The Election also by Woodhill, seems a bit less optimistic about Mitt's chances to win.
Face it folks. Mitt Romney is still a phony after all these months, and he is going to lose.