The first requirement to be a Republican is a susceptibility to self-hypnosis. Right now, millions of Republicans are hypnotizing themselves to like Mitt Romney, who is neither conservative nor Christian nor authentic nor possessed of the common touch. He is completely foreign to the base or core of the Republican Party. Therefore, the hypnosis will have to be deep and of some duration.
Romney hasn't even gotten the jargon down. He seems to be comfortable nowhere. In the South, he seems like a carpetbagger. To other Americans, he seems like a cultist. On the Pacific Coast, he seems like a phony. In the Midwest, where he was against lending money to the car manufacturers, he seems like a liar.
But hypnosis is a powerful tool of self-delusion. Millions voted for Bob Dole and the mock-hero from Arizona, John McCain. Millions thought Sarah Palin was qualified for high public office. Self-mesmerization is a powerful tool. It it weren't for self-hypnosis, delusion, illusion and hormonal auras, most of us would never have been born.