In the 20th and final Republican debate, one question outshone all the exhausted spiels heard since they began. The four remaining candidates were asked to tag themselves with a single word. They came up with:
Ron Paul: Consistency.
Rick Santorum: Courage.
Mitt Romney: Resolute.
Newt Gingrich: Cheerful.
Ron Paul wants the government out of our public and financial lives, but not out of our intimate lives—out of the boardroom into the bedroom, that's Consistent to Dr. Paul.
Courage, said Rick Santorum hopefully, like the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz: "What makes the Hottentot so hot, what puts the "ape" in apricot, what have they got that I ain't got? Courage!"
Mitt Romney, flipping every which way in the winds of public opinion, wants to be considered Resolute. Resolutely spineless, maybe
Cheerful, offered Newt Gingrich, with his best imitation of a cherubic smile. He thinks pretending to be cheerful can hide the gall he extrudes, a one-time front runner who is now, to use a WW II, army expression, "sucking a hind tit."
Here's a more accurate set of tags:
Ron Paul: Feckless
Rick Santorum: Mindless
Mitt Romney: Gutless
Newt Gingrich: Clueless
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