Cover story in Newsweek magazine rather unconvincingly suggests that Romney is a wimp

Twenty-five years ago, a cover story in Newsweek magazine (HERE) reported on efforts by then-Vice President George H. W. Bush to deal with the perception that he was “a wimp.”

Bush was later said to be offended by the label, but it didn’t prevent him from winning the presidency 13 months later.

Now Newsweek is out with a SIMILAR COVER STORY, this one labeling presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a wimp.

Writer Michael Tomasky begins the piece with this question: “Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president?”

Those are legitimate concerns, but I don’t think they make Romney any more of a wimp than most presidential candidates. Running for the highest office in the land is a politically tricky business. Winning your party’s nomination usually is no piece of cake, and the rigors of a general-election campaign can be downright brutal.

Even Tomasky somehow seems less than convinced of his own premise about Romney’s wimpishness. He writes:

Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp. Oh, there are some ways in which he’s not—a wimp lets himself get kicked around, and Romney doesn’t exactly do that. He sure didn’t during the primaries, when he strafed Rick Perry and carpet-bombed Rick Santorum…

Steve M. over at No More Mister Nice Blog, a passionate liberal who considers Romney “dangerous,” “spineless,” “awkward” and “egocentric,” nonetheless raises SEVERAL QUESTIONS about the Newsweek piece that merit your attention.

As for me, I’m not exactly offended by the magazine’s cover or story. I just think the argument is somewhat superficial and flimsy.




  1. Neftali


    – Bush 41 is one of the toughest leaders the world has ever known. He was a heavily decorated WW II hero. Heck, he jumped out of airplanes well into his 70s. Newsweek lost all credibility with even hinting at the accusation.

    – This is the same magazine that got lambasted by liberals for its sexist portrayal of Sarah Palin. Amazingly, the editors still didn’t learn their lesson as evidenced by Jon Stewart pointing out their poor choice for a cover photo of Michele Bachman.

    – I have household pets smarter than Even Tomasky.

    – So liberals don’t want a wimpy president? What next? Will they clamor for someone like John Wayne, Chuck Norris, or Ronald Reagan? (or Vladimir Putin)


    – On second thought, Romney is a bit of a wimp. After all, he speaks French. 🙂

  2. He’s speaks French because he hid out in Paris during the Vietnam war. Like Bush Jr money kept him out of harm’s way.

  3. Dave Francis

    From my blogs people are just realizing what a terrible mistake they made, by voting for President Obama? His czars seem unconcerned with the damage they have done to this country, in issues such as foreign policy and many other ideologies that would only stem from a hard left Socialist agenda, such as the leniency over illegal immigration? That’s not saying that the plans of Mitt Romney’s people in many ideas are unfortunately any different. As an Independent voter myself, I can only hope that Obama gets defeated. But in addition to this a large representation the TEA PARTY is gaining unbelievable headway within the ranks of the Republicans. This is the only sure way that can change Washington for good, with moderate Conservatives representing the American people in Congress and not the special interest groups in both parties. I think the Democrats are beginning to get apprehensive and running scare so calling Mr. Romney a “Wimp’ is exclusively a Liberal sentiment, as they a very oral when it comes to name calling. Personally I don’t think for one minute that Mitt is a ‘Wimp’ but a very cautious and secretive individual?

    I think most prudent Americans agree specifically Independents and TEA PARTY that (STEM) Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematician immigrants who are not a threat to the United States. They will always be recognized for their education, technical experience and specialty skills that separate them from illegal aliens who either slipped past the border fence or just never left after their visitor’s visa expired. Stems are very important to America’s future and are sort after as students with top honors in these field or recruitment from other countries. We shouldn’t and cannot allow impoverished foreign nationals into this country, as most end up in the bread line which taxpayers end up supporting. However, while there are 8 % of Americans without employment, no corporation or business should be allowed to bring in extra people—other than the highest echelon of professionals—wherever no American can qualify with the skill to take that vacancy?

    Already in a stunning incumbent election Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was defeated by a Tea Party leader Senate nominee Richard Mourdock. In a upcoming an electoral battle TEA PARTY favorite Ted Cruz (R) is in runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, for the outgoing seat of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, with Cruz gaining momentum. Both ultra-left Democrats and the Republicans should be very worried, very worried indeed about incumbent politicians who hopefully lose seats to TEA PARTY growth?

    In leaps and bounds the TEA PARTY is no longer a group of wandering political nomads, but inspired to be part of the quiet revolution that does not conform to either the Democrats or Republicans plans. The Constitutional TEA PARTY is a reaction of ordinary, everyday people who have risen to the detriment of both parties that for years have overlooked sky high federal deficits and the growing problem of an uncontrolled Congress, that’s spends the people’s money without any conscious thought. Before the coming November elections certain issues have come to light regarding the Democratic agenda, if Obama get a second term we are heading towards disaster just like the unsinkable ‘Titanic’:

    Clandestine plans that grant amnesty to even MORE illegal’s—all done through Prosecutorial discretion and agency directives to serve the Obama Socialist-Marxist agenda.

    1. New limitations for agents on apprehending illegal aliens, who will be opposing component of what they will call the “vulnerable population.” Vulnerable defined as anyone who provides support to minor children, parents or other dependants and those who have medical or mental health needs. That means this government will add to the American population of poverty, that US taxpayers will be forced to financially support.

    2. It would no longer be legal to detain a foreign individual on the premises or in the vicinity of more than 20 public places – and don’t dare try to apprehend the pregnant or disabled illegal’s. Hell! States are already forced by unfunded mandates to cater to anybody who enters America illegally, which is free health care, education for their children, low cost housing and a barrage of other welfare programs denied to citizens.
    3. Caps would be removed on highly restricted visas.

    4. Registration of illegals would be snatched from Congress and positioned with an agency in the executive branch. In other words if President Obama gets a second term, we will not be far off from being a Communist state, without ‘Checks and Balances’.

    5. Registering new illegal’s as voters. (Which the Liberal have a great record of doing, including notorious ACORN group—prosecuted but still very active?) There is already none citizens are voting whether intentionally or not and this could be a major determination especially in close races nationwide. This has already happening as any reader can discover if they surf the Internet under “Voter Fraud”.

    6. Government-funded, neighborhood-based programs to assimilate the newly amnestied immigrants into society, including education centers and health care hubs.

    7. A 21st century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration program within the Department of Labor that would oversee a massive new bureaucracy and millions of new federal jobs.

    8. Swiping control of the military budget from Congress by placing an ”independent panel” in charge of military spending—while slashing our defense budget to a dangerous situation, where this country would be less protected from the enemies in the Middle East and around the world.

    9. The enacting single-payer health care legislation control, headed by the federal government; the same federal government that has never run a successful program in its own history? IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE, YOU SHOULD GO TO TEA PARTY DOT ORG.

    Shoving ObamaCare—the health care plan NO ONE sought, down our throats; Slapping Americans with the biggest tax in the history of our nation; Applauding the advances of the Muslim Brotherhood; Demanding government-paid abortions and blowing away religious freedom; Forbidding domestic oil, natural gas and coal production; Approving drones to fly over country; Defunding NASA and the space programs; Waging war on Libya without a cause; Demanding the U.N. obtain out guns; Taking on the second amendment, threatening again, our right to bear arms; Running up the largest deficit in the history of America; Giving BILLIONS to solar companies that have since gone bankrupt and other so called green companies; Refusing to visit Israel, throwing the Jewish people under the bus; Giving illegal’s a free ride on the backs of hardworking citizens and legal residents.

    Further appointing 45 “czars” into office, whose doctrines are mostly Communist; Putting the enforcement of ObamaCare in the hands of…the IRS; Sucking at the trough, taking 19 vacations in 3 years on ‘THE PAOPLE’S tax dollars; Spending tens of billions in taxpayer dollars and breaking legally binding contracts to give Obama’s union buddies a big, fat payoff; Stimulating NOTHING with his stimulus plans except the wallets of big wigs on Wall Street—and his own narcissistic ego; 8% unemployment for 40 straight months; $4 billion in new debt EVERY DAY; Spending, spending, spending while lying and telling Americans we need to cut spending. NEED THE TEA PARTY SAY MORE..?

    Two extremely urgent policies that the TEA PARTY would insist on being passed though the Senate and House of Representatives, if enough of the TEA PARTY leadership can gain seats in Congress? With plenty of these moderate conservatives and true believers in our U.S. Constitution these laws would be enacted, opening up millions of jobs for low income Blacks, Hispanics, Whites Asians and all other legally here nationalities. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and other in the 50 states, begin the removal of all pro-illegal alien lawmakers? Every state should be able to keep its public assistance money, instead of forced by insane unfunded mandates to pay for illegal aliens and their children?

    All those policy makers who bend the knee to the 20 million plus illegal aliens will be under an assault, when the TEA PARTY becomes an overall majority in the Republican Party. Every law that has been circumvented by Justice Department such as Sanctuary Cities and State policies, those elected officials will be held accountable. Chain migration and the never ending flood of sponsored immigrants will be re-assessed, as this ends up a taxpayer burden. The DREAM ACT will also be re-evaluated in the near future. Also not condemned by the mainstream Liberal Press, or Socialist Senator Reid of Nevada in the forefront refusing to terminate the annual payout of $4.600.000.000.000 taxpayers’ money in child tax refunds to illegal aliens, with many children not even residing in America. Then another estimated 35 Billion dollars from illegal workers transferred to banks outside the United States, not invested in our nation? LEARN ABOUT THE CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON AT JUDICIAL WATCH DOT ORG. INVESTIGATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THIS SILENT CONSPIRACY AT NUMBERSUSA.DOT COM.

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