Mitt Romney, the current favorite to nab the top spot on the GOP presidential ticket, took a step toward joining the 2012 race yesterday when he let it be known he was "exploring" a run. Want to know more about the Mittster (we'll be living with him for a good long while)? Start with Matt Taibbi's indelible profile from 2007, the last time he took a crack at the nomination.
For this is the great strength of Mitt Romney: When the former governor of Massachusetts and current Republican front-runner in Iowa is on his game, voters walk out of his campaign events thinking he's the candidate of blue sky and sunshine, of cute newborn puppies, of the crack of the bat in spring training, of the first bite of a warm oatmeal cookie. The most common thing you hear from voters after a Romney event is how impressed they are by his demeanor and delivery, his obvious vitality, by the fact that he looks like he could do this twenty-four hours a day and twice on Sunday, taking off only twenty-six minutes once a week to make monogamous, missionary-position love to his baby-factory wife. And that's precisely the way Romney wants it: He wants voters focused on him the man , this unblemished, in-control Example for All who, unlike his Republican rivals, is in no danger of collapsing onstage, or getting caught on camera with his cock in some bruisecovered stripper or Jack Russell terrier.