Not How Big Leaders Talk

September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

“This is not how big leaders talk, it’s how shallow campaign operatives talk: They slice and dice the electorate like that, they see everything as determined by this interest or that. They’re usually young enough and dumb enough that nobody holds it against them, but they don’t know anything. They don’t know much about America. We are a big, complicated nation. And we are human beings. We are people. We have souls. We are complex. We are not data points. Many things go into our decisions and our political affiliations.”

  • Peggy Noonan, special assistant to Ronald Reagan and conservative columnist, September 18, 2012
  • Source: Time For An Intervention (Noonan’s blog for the Wall Street Journal)
  • Context: Noonan was commenting on the now viral video of Mitt Romney dismissing half of the country, the “47%”, many of whom are Republican. In her article, she implies that Romney is not experienced enough and that his campaign is horribly managed and called for an intervention:

“It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change.”


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