This is from Real Clear Politics:
I sense that affluent voters find Romney a kindred spirit -- articulate but politically awkward, self-disciplined and successful, able to make a sharp argument but polite. He's conservative on cultural issues, but in a way that reminds me of the 18th century Englishwoman's gravestone noting approvingly that "she was religious without enthusiasm."
Actually, the National Journal makes another claim: he's funny.
Noting that George Romney was buried in the nearby town of Brighton, Romney said: "We didn't live in Brighton. It's like, how did you pick Brighton, Dad? 'Well - best price I could find in the whole state.'"
The NJ article links to this piece, which is remarkably prescient in that it directly anticipated most of the issues in the 2012 campaign. It also contains a really funny joke made about Mormons --- which would be quite offensive except that Mitt Romney made it.
This does raise an interesting point. For all that his detractors like to claim he is like Al Gore - Wooden, no personality, etc. - Romney does well when he goes to campaign. When he committed to Iowa, his poll numbers went up. When he campaigned hard in Florida he won. When it looked like he was behind in Michigan, he campaigned there and won. When it looked like he was behind in Ohio --- he campaigned there and won. His detractors are quick to point out that "campaign" usually means "spending money." But he is also going to a lot of events. And no amount of money can really rescue a candidate who has no personality at all (see Whitman, Meg or Fiorina, Carly). It might just be the case that he has some of the most undervalued campaign skills among the Republican candidates.
--- Stag Staff