Carol Platt Liebau: No Such Thing as "Too Perfect"

Saturday, November 24, 2007

No Such Thing as "Too Perfect"

The utter irrelevance of the LA Times -- and, really, of the entire elite MSM worldview -- is on display in this piece. It asserts that Mitt Romney might be turning off voters by being "too perfect."

Note that there isn't one single quote from a voter to this effect. In fact, when a voter is finally permitted to be heard in the piece -- near the end, mind you -- this is what she says:

When Kirsten Doogue, 32 and a registered independent, is asked if the candidate who had just knocked on her door was "too perfect," she scoffs: "That's just a ridiculous complaint."

The complaint doesn't seem to be coming from the voters -- rather, the meme appears to be constructed and amplified from the MSM alone. It of course reflects the opposition of a left-leaning press corps that doesn't seem to resent privilege when it comes in the shape of left-leaning elitists like Hillary Clinton (she of the comfortable middle class life and Ivy League education) or Barack Obama (pride of the elite Punahou School, Columbia, and Harvard Law) or John Kerry or, for that matter, Teddy Kennedy.

But more than that, it also reflects the jaded cynicism of an increasingly unrepresentative press corps that can't seem to believe that someone is, precisely, exactly who he says he is: Free of family dysfunction, loving husband and father, religious observer, captain of industry, successful politician. Can someone be "too perfect"? No -- not for my money, not if he wants to lead the greatest country on earth.

3 Comments:

Blogger stackja1945 said...

Carol, the word "dysfunction" seems to fit the MSM.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

you forgot to add "nut job" and " wing nut" and "bigot" to your charming description of the candidate's attributes.

6:20 PM  
Blogger LQ said...

Silly stories like this are a reason I reduced my subscription to weekends only. The reporter obviously found that Romney has a happy and blessed personal life, and just as obviously wanted to turn that into a negative. Sadly, I think many on the left see people like Romney as “square” and do see that as a negative.

9:16 PM  

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