The Real Mitt Romney, Inside the Actor’s Studio
Politics is performance. This has never been more true than now.
Why is Romney so uncomfortable in his own skin? What’s under there that he’s so afraid we might see?
All politicians wear masks. Some wear more convincing masks than others. Lipton is right about Reagan. He was comfortable as an actor, comfortable as an orator. Despite his power and wealth, he could speak directly to people. Bill Clinton is another good example of a man at home in his various masks. His wife, not so much.
But whereas Hillary inevitably comes across as too cold, Romney comes across as almost desperate for our affection. It’s a bit painful at times. There are moments where I really want the veneer to come off. There are moments when I wonder if he’s always like this, even off-camera, even around his family.
Maybe this fake Romney is in fact the real Romney.