Ten Miles Square


September 10, 2012 8:54 AM An Eisenhower Republican

By Mark Kleiman

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 is a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles.


  • TomParmenter on September 11, 2012 12:08 PM:

    In his Stories I Tell to Friends Eisenhower wrote very well, telling lots of good tales. He stated that his most important military role had been as a writer for most of his career, all the way back to his report on a military convoy across the country in 1919 that concluded that a national highway system would increase national security.

    Others have said that Eisenhower did not believe that press conferences were a good method of distributing information and that he purposely kept his discourse vague.