"Writing about Mitt in the Washington Times, conservative columnist Byron York was struck by Romney's pessimism and lack of confidence. But even more striking was the son's acknowledgement that he didn't measure up to the father and the path the AMC magnate turned Michigan governor blazed for him...Romney's poignant confession would have been touching if he had been heading to a therapist's couch rather than the chair in the Oval Office. And Mitt might emerge as a more sympathetic character if he hadn't just spent all of 2012 using his father's rags-to-riches story as a substitute for his own life of privileged detachment."
What interested me about this was the following: We all know that this story parallels the relationship between George W. Bush and his father, who was in so many ways a more successful man than W. But the same thing could be said about John McCain, whose father and grandfather were admirals, and whose own career at West Point and in the navy was undistinguished at best.
So, as the Republican party degenerates into irrelevance, the candidates it chose in the last four Presidential elections have been characters with troubled relationships with more successful, and far more palatable, fathers. What does this mean? Who knows? But, it does seem interesting to me.