In the final Morning Jolt of the week, I talk about “heroic narratives” in our popular culture and our politics, and how the Republican nominee seriously needs to offer one between now and November.

In fact, perhaps one of the reasons Mitt Romney has had difficulties in his national campaigns so far is that he doesn’t make a natural underdog. Because the public barely knows his personal biography, Romney is not perceived as a man who overcame adversity, who has taken on powerful opponents, who has been unjustly demonized for fighting for a just cause, and who triumphed because he fought on when everyone else would have given up. He needs that, I would argue.

Just thinking about the stories in this blog post from a few weeks ago, one can picture that heroic narrative taking shape something like this…

We meet young Mitt Romney, of the Michigan Romneys: A picture-perfect childhood in a lot of ways… but his road to adulthood would bring its share of challenges, stumbles, and dark hours.

George Romney, who young Mitt idolizes, is being mentioned as a potential president: A successful auto executive and two-term governor who supports the Civil Rights movement, marching with the NAACP in the streets of Detroit.

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