Just ask House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner.

“Can you make me love Mitt Romney?” Boehner said recently. “The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney.”

But why not? Is it his foreign bank accounts? Creating jobs overseas? Imprisoning his dog on the roof of the family car? Attacking a gay student in high school with a pair of scissors? Or those four car elevators he wants for his California beach house?

Boehner did not say. But it is not Romney’s wealth that keeps him from being loved. Americans loved John Kennedy, after all.

It is something else. It is some quality Romney has or some quality Romney lacks that, as Boehner says, makes him unlovable, makes him seem not like a president, but like an Other.