That was delightful, Robert Gibbs, thank you! Then there’s this from a rather lengthy, must-read article in the Daily Beast:
He’s kind of lame, and he’s really … annoying. He keeps saying these … things, these incredibly off-key things. Then he apologizes immediately—with all the sincerity of a hostage. … But the one thing he never does? Man up, double down, take his lumps. [...]
Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp. Oh, there are some ways in which he’s not—a wimp lets himself get kicked around, and Romney doesn’t exactly do that. [...]
In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp—socially inept; at times awkwardy ingratiating, at other times mocking those “below” him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way. The evidence resonates across too many years to deny… This guy is nervous—terrified—about looking weak. And ironically, being terrified of looking weak makes him look weaker still. [...]
Compounding matters, when pressed to the slightest degree about his inconsistencies, he can get nasty and whiny. [...]
But if Romney is elected? Be nervous. … [A] weenie Republican—look out. He has something to prove, needs to reassert that “natural” advantage. That spells trouble more often than not.
Anyone who would still vote for this guy would be doing so out of loyalty to the party or hatred for President Obama, because it can’t possibly be that he’s someone they’d truly want in the White House.
Nobody is that blind. Well, almost nobody, especially if they read the Daily Beast article.
Here’s Willard’s response to some of the criticism: