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Give me a break. In fact, give Romney a break.

Was this remark poorly phrased? I suppose. Does it deserve a little good-natured teasing? Yes, but — Romney deserves a lot of praise for having deliberately reached outside the old boys’ network when staffing his cabinet.

I’m not saying it makes him a hero, but he displayed a degree of openness that a lot of other politicians have not.

As has happened before (most notably with George H. W. Bush), it’s not the candidate himself that makes my gorge rise: it’s the people sharing the dais with him that do.