For the past several weeks, Mitt Romney has been surrounded by critics from the DC-Manhattan elite whove denounced him for a lackluster, unfocused campaign, teeing off on Team Romney in the wake of the 47 percent comments for a number of issuesbut mostly, in my read, from failing to take their advice. Romneys defenders, meanwhile, have been many of the same individuals who spent the primary season torching him in effigy as the encapsulation of everything they hate about the Republican ruling class. For months the elites bashed the base for failing to suck it up and see the big picture, to line up for Romney and come on in for the big win. But they got their wish! Like it or not, the money and opinion elites on the center-right own Romneys failure from the perspective of the basethey need him to win. And the reality is that if Romney loses, it will have little if anything to do with Paul Ryans big ideas, tactical choices, or elite misgivingsand far more to do with the simple fact that Romney is still disliked by most voters. Romneys ceiling is much lower than other candidates because of this, and hes never shown the political ability to overcome it by changing peoples opinions. That is a rare skill: the only presidential candidate in the modern era to come back from being upside down in favorability ratings to win was Bill Clinton. Romney is no Clinton. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ar...se_gop_elites_now_start_to_gripe_115548.htmlv Saying Romney is no Clinton is an understatement.