Rich Galen

You might remember that in spite of his not being the best candidate in the history of candidates, Romney - and his campaign team - beat Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Cain, Bachmann and everyone else who thought they might have had a shot at the nomination.

I had read earlier in the day a piece by Politico's Dylan Byers who had determined that:

"In one week abroad, Mitt Romney has managed to enrage both the Brits and the Palestinians. Now add to that roster his own press corps."

I Tweeted "For the GOP base, 2 out of 3 is a rousing success." If Romney was good enough to enrage the U.S press corps and the Palestinians on one trip, he could start measuring for drapes in the Oval.

David Corn made the point that Romney just couldn't relate to people. I said that if this was a contest between who was best liked, we could go home right now. But if it was - as I believe it is - a contest between who can best fix the economy, Obama is in trouble.

Then I reminded David about Hubert Humphrey, who was known as the "Happy Warrior." He was upbeat. Happy. Positive. Related well to everyday Americans.

And … he lost.

To Richard Nixon.

Nixon was arguably the most socially incompetent presidential candidate, president, and maybe the most socially incompetent human being in my lifetime.

The problem for Barack Obama is he is likeable, but incompetent. The problem for Romney is he is competent, but not terribly likable.

That's why they hold the elections.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.