Romney, the conservative writer Jonah Goldberg argued this week, has an “authentic inauthenticity problem.”
And that is precisely why his struggle is so familiar. He is the political reincarnation of Al Gore, whose campaign I covered with an equal amount of cringing a dozen years ago.[….]
…combined with Romney’s frequent fluctuations on the issues, his awkwardness has left an impression that he is a phony and not to be trusted. Romney isn’t necessarily doomed — Gore, after all, received more votes than the other guy — but this much seems clear: Over the next 10 months, Romney will be getting the Gore treatment.
Look, if the media sabotages Romney for inventing the internet or wearing earth tones, it’s all good, in a way. They played it for them, they can play it for us. But I’ll never get over the 2000 election. In my professional opinion, the media stole the election from a smart, decent man and crowned an idiot the cowboy king. We’ve never recovered as a nation, and I’m not sure that we ever will.