No, Mitt Romney can’t match Ike’s record of service, his moderation, his conservatism in the proper sense of that term, or his decency in discourse. But he has the word-salad part down pat. In refusing to give any specifics about his Magical Tax Plan, Romney said:

Well, the specifics are these which is those principles I described are the heart of my policy.

“The specifics are the principles” is hardly good logic, and the entire thing is hardly good English. Eisenhower, to a T. Except for all the good parts.

Oh, and Eisenhower wasn’t a sociopathic liar. But that’s a detail, I guess.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman

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