Campaign Numerology

History suggests that Obama is running out of time to turn the economy around

Christopher Morris—VII for TIME

For a man who made his fortune by out-thinking and outworking the corporate competition, Mitt Romney appears remarkably relaxed. "It's a bit like a teenager," he told reporters recently when asked about the campaign. "There are things you can do to improve the odds of a teenager making it through those teen years and being a productive adult. But it's not entirely in your control." The reason for this Zen-like calm runs right to the heart of the Republican front runner's strategy to defeat President Obama: in a year like this, Romney's team expects the candidates to matter much less than...

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