Friday, August 10, 2012


Peggy Noonan has a brilliant idea, in response to a remark President Obama made about Mitt Romney:
Calling Mr. Romney's economic plans Romney Hood was dim because everyone likes Robin Hood, so Romney Hood sounds kind of like a compliment. Now and then the foes of a candidate accidentally do him a good turn. The Soviets thought they were disparaging Margaret Thatcher when they called her the Iron Lady. She was cold, wouldn't bend, couldn't compromise. The British heard the epithet and thought: Exactly! And exactly what we need!

An admiring nickname meant as an insult was born. Mr. Romney should go with it, lay out how he'll save taxpayers from the predators of the liberal left and call that Romney Hood.
I'll grant Noonan's point about Thatcher -- right-wingers love the name "Iron Lady" (Michele Bachmann loves it so much that she tried applying it to herself, and fellow Islamophobe Frank Gaffney thinks the name fits her).

But, um, no -- regarding this insult, Mitt Romney absolutely cannot "go with it." He can't call himself "Romney Hood."

Yes, people like Robin Hood. Why? Because Robin Hood is a guy attacking the powerful on behalf of the powerless. I don't think there's a single nationally known politician in America less capable of wearing that mantle persuasively than Mitt Romney.

I'll acknowledge that other Republicans, from Reagan and Nixon through some of the teabaggers, have postured as populists sticking it to The All-Powerful Liberal Man. But they're not Romney. The first thing most voters learn about Romney is that he's stinking rich. The second thing they learn is that he regards anyone who's not stinking rich as a member of an alien species.

But really, Mitt, if you'd like to give Noonan's recommendation a try. I'd sure be eager to see the results.


Unknown said...

I don't get this, why is everyone on the right ignoring what the original comment was. Obama said Romney's policies are "...Robin Hood in reverse."

Yeah, so everyone one loves Robin Hood, but Romney is the f*ing Sheriff in this story.

Victor said...


Looks like someone at the WSJ left the liquor cabinet open again when Noonan was around.

Anonymous said...

This is kind of like saying that Obama should embrace the nickname "Obambi," because everyone loves baby animals.

ploeg said...

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Riding through the land
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Without a merry band
He steals from the poor
And gives to the rich
Stupid bitch.