The cliché: "If Romney has been smooth and unflappable, he's also sailed above the competition," wrote The National Review's Rich Lowry last week. "Unflappable" -- it would seem a whimsical word choice, especially compared to synonyms like "ever-calm" or "unshakeable." But we see it appended to Romney's name so often that it's become common place. So often, in fact, that the similarly unflappable Peggy Noonan commented on it in her Wall Street Journal column today. "A big Romney virtue is the calm at his core. The word unflappable has been used, correctly," she says. It's used correctly because, as George Neumayr at The American Spectator put it yesterday, "Romney's usually unflappable demeanor is one of his more impressive qualities"
He's a little like the father in one of those 1950s or '60s sitcoms that terrorized and comforted a generation of children from non-functioning families ... You'd quake at telling him about the fender-bender, but after the lecture on safety and personal responsibility, he'd buck you up and throw you the keys.