Mitt-mentum: How Far Will It Go?

Michigan win showed Romney in his element; can he sustain it nationally?
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 11:09 AM CST
Parker Romney hugs his grandfather Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he talks on a cell phone and confers with his press secretary Eric Fehrnstrom in his hotel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney finally got his gold medal last night in Michigan, but the win has analysts wondering whether his home-state comeback can carry the country. Michigan was, after all, the land of his father, a three-term governor in the Big Three's glory days; there was a nostalgic haze around the campaign the last few days, Salon notes. His message was so focused on the state, "you almost got the idea that the winner would go on to be president of Michigan," writes Mike Madden.

Romney supporters say the former governor found his voice in Michigan, that the "can-do CEO who knows how to get jobs back" is the real Mitt Romney. "He got away from tailoring his message to different constituencies," one tells Anna Marie Cox in Time. But if this is the real thing, who was the candidate who ran in Iowa and New Hampshire? The Michigan Mitt could call attention to his authenticity issues all over again.