Back on October 19, 1987, Newsweek had a cover story on George H. W. Bush and “The Wimp Factor.” He won in 1988, basically because the country wanted a third Reagan term, but lost in 1992, when he ran on his own, with the Reagan glow faded. He famously looked at his watch during a presidential debate and sounded too patrician when he asked for “just a splash” more coffee at a NH diner.
Newsweek latest cover is also about “The Wimp Factor,” this time applied to Mitt, who is not running as the vice presidential heir to a popular president.
The story is sure to generate some buzz for Newsweek, which desperately needs it. It won’t help Mitt because the Gucci loafer definitely fits. He’s much more of a wimp than Bush 41, who was a fighter pilot in WWII and ran the CIA. He’s definitely a “just a splash” guy.
What Newsweek calls wimpy, I call preppy. I believe that the less preppy-seeming person usually wins. Both Obama and Mitt went to prep school (Obama on scholarship). But Mitt seems so much more preppy, just as John Kerry and Al Gore both seemed more preppy than Bush 43, even though all three went to elite prep schools. Bush played the pork-rind-loving Texan all the way to the Oval Office.