He’s a highly intelligent man
Actually, he’s a reasonably intelligent man. 130 IQ, tops.
with a highly functioning West Wing,
Err, no. I’m drawing a blank on things that the executive branch haven’t messed up, lately. These people can’t even manage an Easter Egg roll properly.
and he’s likable,
He’s likable enough. I guess.
but he’s not connecting on the gut level that could help him succeed.
This implies that he ever did (a statement that will no doubt confuse people not on my side of the aisle).