Friday, August 03, 2012


Peggy Noonan spends most of this week's column bashing President Obama and the Democrats ("You didn't build that" again?), and using Bill Clinton as a stick to beat the president. I'll spare you the details.

Then she tells us this -- and yes, that word is italicized in the original:
In Mitt Romney's campaign -- well, his supporters had high hopes for his overseas trip. It would show his size, show that he can move in the world, that he has the heft, weight and ease to be international. He didn't do as badly as his critics say, but he probably didn't do himself much good.....

The trip to Israel, with the high-ticket fund-raiser and the casino magnate and the definitive speech that gave him no room to move as president, when presidents always need room to move this way and that, plus the unnecessary put-down of the Palestinians, which wasn't needed to make his point -- all of it seemed lacking in size, in heft. Panderish.
"Size"? Is that what Romney seems to lack?

Ahem. I guess what Noonan is saying -- to use a formulation she gleefully delighted in when it was applied to George W. Bush in 2004 -- is that Romney hasn't got two of 'em.


: smintheus :: said...

Noonan is as always blind to the inherent hypocrisy of her Republican talking points. Here's how she opens her silly column:

"From a friend watching the Olympics: "How about that Michael Phelps? But let's remember he didn't win all those medals, someone else did. After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars. He got training from the USOC, and ate food grown by the Department of Agriculture."

Choosing to use Olympic athletes to bash Obama is just about the dumbest possible weapon to select. It was Olympians whom Romney famously told that they owe their successes partly to those in society who've provided for their training and supported athletics generally.

Victor said...

Poor Pegster,
And here she thought Mitt as a candidate, was just the right height.

Ok, Pegster, put down that cooking sherry, it's time for that late morning martini - after all, it's noon SOMEWHERE!!!

Mustang Bobby said...

I'll say this for her: she does set the highest possible standard for Concern Trolling.