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03/07/2012 08:32 am ET Updated May 07, 2012

Romney Is Stronger Than He Seems

There is a lot of talk among both Romney supporters and detractors on both sides of the aisle about his perceived weakness demonstrated on Super Tuesday. Such talk is not without merit, and Romney indeed demonstrates some weaknesses that may prove fatal in November.

However part of the reason the decisive victory has so far eluded Romney lies in the unrealistic expectations of the Republican base torn between its conflicting desires for ideological purity and political victory. Republicans know they will have to settle for Romney in order to avoid a crushing defeat in November, but they are not ready to settle just yet.

Romney's progress toward winning the nomination is not entirely unimpressive. On Super Tuesday, he won more states and more delegates than all the other candidates combined. His total delegate count is also greater than that of all the other candidates combined. Romney already has more than 35% of the delegates he needs to win the nomination, and nobody else can boast even 15% of the magic number.

Furthermore, Romney has demonstrated that his skills as a turnaround specialist are applicable not only in business and Olympic Games, but also in politics. Each of the three biggest states that has voted so far (Florida, Michigan and Ohio) was considered a must-win for Romney. He was behind in the polls just a week before the election in each and every one of them. And each and every time he managed to turn it around.

President Obama should not underestimate the presumptive Republican nominee.