Normally, I can't abide the pompous David Brooks in the NY Times, but today he wrote a genuinely funny piece about Romney...definitely worth a read. It is quite biting and I interpret it to mean that Brooks, down deep, is conceding the election. Otherwise it is difficult to image him ridiculing the candidate just as he is about to be officially nominated. And I believe "ridicule" is the operative word.
Some people say he retreated into himself during these years. He had a pet rock, which ran away from home because it was starved of affection. He bought a mood ring, but it remained permanently transparent. His ability to turn wine into water detracted from his popularity at parties.Here's another sample:
There was, frankly, a period of wandering. After hearing Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” Romney decided to leave Mormonism and become Amish. He left the Amish faith because of its ban on hair product, and bounced around before settling back in college.
Romney also went on a mission to France. He spent two years knocking on doors, failing to win a single convert. This was a feat he would replicate during his 2008 presidential bid.What makes the piece lethal is that between the laughs, the picture Brooks paints of Romney has the ring of truth.