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Dan Quayle

Romney's limited victories

Romney's limited victories

After winning six Super Tuesday state contests -- the primaries in Ohio, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia, and the Idaho and Alaska caucuses -- Mitt Romney has reason to crow. Instead, he may be asking himself: If this is victory, what must defeat feel like? His successes in these states were accompanied by exit polls and other voter comments expressing ambiguous support for his candidacy. Questions cling to Mr. Romney concerning the legitimacy of his conservatism and his genuine comprehension of average voters, whose kinship he clearly cannot claim by wealth or life experience. Each of his Super Tuesday victories can be, and is being, explained away by special circumstances....