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August 03, 2012


Romney's Missing Biographical Narrative

Bloomberg notes President Obama has had more success defining Mitt Romney than Romney.

Todd Purdum: "All presidential candidates depend on biographical narrative to define themselves to voters. Jimmy Carter was the Man from Plains and Bill Clinton the Man from Hope. George W. Bush was the Sinner Who Went Straight and John McCain was the War Hero Who Never Gave Up. Barack Obama was the Fresh Face from Nowhere, who embodied the American Dream. Every one of these men, by the time he ran for president, stood atop a thick biographical record--books and articles, testimonials from old friends, memoirs and tracts, soul-baring interviews. One had a sense of how they thought, how they reacted, what made them tick--and as time went on, it was generally easy to see how their actions fit the people we knew."

"And Romney is... who? What? It's hard to know, because he doesn't like to tell us."














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