There is much more to Romney’s story, however. Perhaps because he has not been the subject of much serious scholarly analysis, the “first draft” of history penned by journalists has gone largely unchallenged. This article will argue that Romney’s chances of winning the Republican nomination had become fairly remote by the time of his famous gaffe. When he said that he had been brainwashed, his status as the front-runner in public-opinion polls, which he had enjoyed at the end of 1966, had already evaporated. Nor, despite the concern in 2007 about his son Mitt’s Mormonism as a possible impediment to his own presidential hopes, does the elder Romney’s religious faith appear to have played a direct role in his failure to become his party’s nominee. Instead, this article contends that Romney’s presidential quest was severely hampered by his refusal to endorse Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential candidacy in 1964, his unwillingness to enthusiastically align himself with the Republican Party organization, and his ultra-independent personality and style.