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December 29, 2011

Mitt: Finding the There There?

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The best shot of Romney yesterday in the closing days before the Iowa Caucus? The jury’s still out over how much Mitt, dressed as a farmer, is passing the smell test. These two other wire shots also speak to the difficulty of finding “the there there.”

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This pic was sitting on the Getty ordering page. If it didn’t circulate, it’s probably because it too literally frames the flip-flopping issue.

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A scene from “Book of Mormon?” No, but the dramatic flavor elaborates how much of a stretch it is when the otherwise tightly-wound Mitt tries to be sweet.

(updated: 8:15 am)

(photo 1: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses a large audience at Centro Incorporated, the largest custom rotational plastic molder in North America, December 28, 2011 in North Liberty, Iowa. With less than a week before the all-important Iowa Caucuses, Romney began a three-day bus tour of the state Wednesday..photo 2: Jewel Samad/AFP caption: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrives for a campaign stop at a coffee shop in Muscatine, Iowa, on December 28, 2011. Romney fiercely mocked President Barack Obama as Republicans blitzed Iowa, a week before the first votes of the 2012 White House race are cast in the US state’s fabled caucuses. Longtime national front-runner Romney launched a three-day bus tour after his campaign’s barrage of negative advertising appeared to slow a surge by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. photo 3: Brian Snyder/Reuters caption: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney answers questions from reporters after a campaign stop at Homer’s Deli and Bakery in Clinton, Iowa December 28, 2011, ahead of the Iowa Caucus on January 3, 2012.)

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