What Mitt Romney must do in Tampa

Two stories about Mitt Romney. In a conversation last year, a pair of former colleagues from his private- equity days were effusive in their praise of Romney’s intelligence, dedication and skills.

But there was something else, too. They said his inscrutable demeanor, the lack of personal warmth, never really changed, though both knew him for many years.

Funnyman Jon Stewart made a similar point in a different way. No fan of Romney, he told an interviewer that, if you had a “box marked ‘president’ and opened it, Romney would be inside.”

Compliments for Romney always come with caveats. As he goes to Tampa to claim the crown he sought for five years, the only unanimous idea is that Romney has many strengths and a few big holes in his game.

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