Not-So-Clear Eyes

Interesting that the very morning Mitt Romney delivers yet another Big Foreign Policy Speech that could have been (and for all I know, might have been) ghost-written by John Bolton, we get a Romney endorsement column at Daily Beast from Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger that features this line:

I believe that Romney’s move to the center is not yet another flip-flop sleight of hand, perhaps naively. I believe he will send to the political Guantanamo those dirty old white men of the party ready to bomb Iran (speaking of wars, are we out of Afghanistan yet, despite our so-called allies killing our soldiers? See Obama policy).

In a fine West-Texas-style barbecuing of ol’ Buzz, Dave Weigel calls his endorsement “phoned-in” and suggests he is the ultimate “low-information voter,” and the Bizarro version of the people who voted for Obama because they had a vague idea he’d do what they wanted a president to do.

But at Atlanticwire, Elspeth Reeve suggests Buzz’s whole riff, based supposedly on watching Romney’s debate performance, is a crock, since the Romney campaign’s now putting out photos of Mitt entering the debate stage after touching–as football players do–a sign reading “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”–Coach Taylor’s mantra on FNL. That hardly seems a coincidence.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.