Having slipped through the sieve-like oppo research departments of the vast political apparatus of the Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul campaigns, Mitt Romney and the GOP now face a dilemma. The former governor of Massachusetts discarded so much of his previous political identity in pursuit of this year’s presidential nomination that he’s got nothing but the tiny, sinking, tropical offshore island named Bain to justify his candidacy.

And that secretive world is slipping away, swiftly.