An Eisenhower Republican

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]

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Mark Kleiman

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