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MITT ROMNEY entered the 2012 Republican presidential
primaries as the presumptive nominee. He had a sound track record and a
lot of money. He finished third in the 2008 primaries (Mike Huckabee,
the second-place finisher, declined to run this year), and has
effectively spent the last six years running for president. It was his
turn. Between presumptive and certain, however, lies a wide gulf, and at
times during the primary various polls showed him trailing a disgraced former House speaker, a former senator who lost his last election by 18 points and did not appear too fond of separating church and state, a resolutely incurious Texas governor and a man who had never held elected office and whose election might not have thrilled America's allies in Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan.
In retrospect it is easy to say that Mr Romney was never in any real
danger: his campaign was broader, better organised and far better
funded; Republicans ultimately fall in line after falling in love and so
forth. Still, since winning the nomination his relations with the
Republican base, particularly with the tea-party activists who have
provided so much of the party's enthusiasm since 2008, have involved
more grudging acceptance than genuine warmth.