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Exhibit A: Political Humility

19 January 2010

One little snippet from the seismic drama unfolding in Massachusetts tonite.

During his acceptance speech, Senator-elect Brown invited the nationally recognizable Mitt Romney to the dais to thank him for his help during the successful Senate campaign.  It took a good 5-10 seconds for Mr. Romney to make his way through the mass of supporters on stage.  But Mr. Romney did not move all the way to the dais for an exhibit of triumphalism; he stayed at least a row back, well off to the left of center stage, and shook hands with Mr. Brown between the folks on the front row…and then immediately disappeared into the background, well out of the spotlight, well out of sight.

Mr. Romney should have been president this time around.  Not only is he a competent executive; he possesses a keen sense of humility and self-deprecation.  Quite a contrast with the White House’s current occupant, eh?

And kudos to Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), who has called for a “stop” to all votes on health-care legislation until Mr. Brown is seated.  qb chooses to interpret that move as a sign of class and not political calculation.  Well done, Mr. Webb; I hope you’ll stand firmly on that ground.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 January 2010 9:18 am


    Apparently, Republicans (not to mention the American people as a whole) didn’t think Romney “should” have been President. And why would you assign him a higher spot on your humility scale than Obama?


  2. 20 January 2010 9:33 am


  3. 20 January 2010 11:29 am

    And by the way: Brown and Burt Reynolds? I don’t think the humble Obama ever posed for “Cosmo” (but I could be wrong).


  4. 20 January 2010 12:43 pm

    And we are thankful that he hasn’t, no matter how often the present mainstream media sensualizes his presidency with “thrills running up [Matthews’] leg” and shots of basketball-playing beefcake. Not 20+ years ago, but TODAY.



  5. c hand permalink
    20 January 2010 5:18 pm

    Humility is a natural virtue in conservatism but a limitation in liberalism. But a man ought to know his limitations.

  6. 20 January 2010 11:17 pm


    Yeah, he nails Reaganite hagiography. Reagan was a performer, an actor and storyteller who used the media of his age better than his contemporaries to achieve sometimes questionable political and economic goals, dressing them up in “morning in America” rhetoric.


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