I really dig the idea that a presidential campaign is all about authenticity. Do we really know who Willard Romney is? His être-au-monde and être-en-soi? Is he a self-created avatar of his own beingness, the observer, the fire, the shadow, and the cave? Now obviously what is meant by authenticity here is something more like truth-in-advertising. Does it taste great? Is it less filling? Do the curtains match the drapes? And in this regard, let me suggest to you that Romney, despite all this shit about his inconsistency and incoherence, his too-slick demeanor and penchant for reversing himself, is far and away the grande dame of Executive Realness; he is exactly what he seems--all id and superego and a Cheshire grin where his I used to be. The other candidates suffer from remnants of actual personalities, and will likely lose because of it. Interestingly, Obama has always struck me with an almost identical impression, a human personality reduced entirely to its formal, gestural elements, Commedia dell'arte where the soul's 'sposed to be. I can't wait for the general election season.