POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Political Traps That Plague Romney

Mitt Romney is struggling to survive the Republican primaries and caucuses. Even with his victories in Michigan and Nevada, Romney's candidacy remains fragile.

On paper, this is a surprise. Romney should have been thriving. As everyone likes to say, Romney has the greatest asset of all: He looks like a president. Romney is charismatic and intelligent. He does well in front of cameras and can deliver a powerful stump speech. He has an extensive résumé in the worlds of business and politics. He has a compelling story of having been a Republican governor in a "blue" state who can bridge the divide of Washington. His ability to raise campaign contributions has surpassed most expectations.

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