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This week we learned one thing: Mitt Romney is too scared of his base to run an actual general election campaign.

We don’t know for sure whether Mitt went to the NAACP convention to be booed. We don’t know how involved Mitt was at Bain Capital from 1999-2001, though he was definitely the CEO. We don’t know when he’ll release his tax returns, why he handed a company he owned in Bermuda to his wife the day before he became governor, or the exact number of companies he invested in that outsourced American jobs. But it was clear that the impact of these damaging questions had peaked by Thursday night, when the most potent element of the Romney campaign — The Drudge Report — tried to change the conversation by leaking the preposterous story that Condoleezza Rice will be named Mitt’s running mate. A pro-choice woman who carries George W. Bush’s baggage with her everywhere she goes? Won’t happen.

So we learned something else this week: Mitt Romney is scared, in general.

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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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