Strong hair, weak spine

Two suggestions for those who were shocked when Mitt Romney joined hands with Donald Trump at a Las Vegas fund-raiser just hours after Trump had restated his doubts about Obama’s birthplace: first, recall Romney’s failure to confront a speaker at an event in Euclid, Ohio, who said Obama “should be tried for treason.” Then remember how he failed to reproach Rush Limbaugh for calling the Georgetown student who testified about birth control “a slut.”

It is said that Romney inherited his aversion to confrontation from his mother. It may have been forgivable in the mother. But not in a son who needs to convince us that he has the courage to be president.

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.