That’s as good a two-word summary of the Stepford Husband as I’ve heard. Edsall concentrates on the political implications for Romney of looking like a coward, rather than on the implications for the country of electing a coward, and he sticks with the immigration issue, but the picture is beautifully painted, including this magnificent paragraph of bafflegab on what a President Romney would do about immigration:

We’ll — we’ll look at that — we’ll look at that setting as we — as we reach that. But my anticipation is, I’d come into office and say we need to get this done on a long-term basis, not this kind of a stopgap measure. What the president did, he should have worked on this years ago. If he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate, but he didn’t. He saves these sorts of things until four and a half months before the general election.

Edsall notes that his constant evasions say something about Romney’s character as well as about the state of his party. That’s two excellent reasons to vote for Barack Obama.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.