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Source: The New Yorker
February 02, 2012
At 8:30 P.M. E.T. last night, barely half an hour after some polling stations in the Florida Panhandle had closed, a new, voter-friendly Romney took the stage in Tampa before a large, cheering crowd. Looking far more relaxed than the stuffed shirt we have seen on the campaign trail for the past few months, this Romney smiled in a way that appeared unforced, joked about how the five sons in the family “keep us humble,” and generally came across as a warm and genuine human being.
Unfortunately for all you folks hoping to make Barack Obama a one-term President, this was Ann Romney speaking, not Mitt. When the candidate arrived at the dais, newly restored to his title of “Mr. Inevitable,” he looked as stiff and wooden as ever, raising his left arm in a victory salute that evoked memories of Richard Nixon—which is not exactly what you want to do when you are trying to persuade people you are the man “to restore to America the values that made us the hope of the earth.”
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