Polls and pundits are all saying the same thing: Mitt Romney is in pole position to win the Republican nomination. But below the surface there are deep problems with his candidacy that could spoil Republican hopes of taking back the White House.

Wild swings of enthusiasm from Republican voters for any number of candidates from Rick Perry to Herman Cain are the result of a Republican electorate that has yet to find a candidate that matches its Tea Party tilt to the right. Yet pragmatists in the party – as well as elements of the establishment – are coalescing around Romney as the “inevitable candidate.”

There are good reasons for this.

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