That is why —despite the long slog until November —the best preparation for being president is probably running for president. For if Mitt Romney cannot get the voices of his handlers out of his head while he is still a candidate, he will probably be equally afflicted by sycophants and true believers if he gets to the Oval Office.
Walter Shapiro, who is covering his ninth presidential campaign, writes the "Character Sketch" column for Yahoo News, examining what we know about the character and personalities of the 2012 candidates. He is also a special correspondent for the New Republic. Follow him on Twitter at @waltershapiroPD.
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