John Avlon EXAMINES Mitt Romney’s likability problem, which is worse than any other presidential candidate has ever faced at this late stage of a campaign:
His problems are compounded by an open secret in Republican politics—no one who has ever run against Mitt Romney walks away liking the guy.
This feeling about a candidate is not always the case — George W. Bush was acknowledged to be a ‘hail fellow well met’ even by his sometimes brutally vanquished foes. Likewise, John McCain was widely admired for his courage and character, even by rivals who disagreed with him deeply on policy. But with