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Quick Write 100211  “Learning from Mark 2” 

This is actually the second “Learning form Mark” QW piece, so let me just get down to business without elaborate introduction. The original material is available here. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/sandb_09-30.html

1) And it seems to be Mitt Romney is like your wise sort of spinster aunt telling the young lady that he is a good provider, he's got good habits, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't drink, he keeps regular hours, he's a nice person, he's mannerly. Why don't you get excited?

Well, well, orderly but boring. That sounds like a stereotypical didactic marital advice from your wise, old aunt, and makes an astute analogy to describe the candidate. Yes, Mr. Romney seems to be a good breadwinner for the family and for the country, but that doesn’t mean that he is “attractive” so as to draw those ladies’ attention, just as Mark puts “… I want to be excited. The young lady says, I really want somebody that I'm emotionally engaged with.” What makes me smile is what Judy the anchor, says, which goes “Mrs. Romney might (be emotionally engaged)...” Yeah, she must be (or must’ve been at least). Those comments remind me of the fact that the whole election business is deeply affected by how much the electorate relates themselves to the candidate, and the way they see the electorate tends to be based on emotional factors to a large extent.

2) I mean, Mitt Romney may be a logical choice, but he is not one that says, boy, oh, boy. You know, the difference -- at the time when Cicero spoke, people said how well he spoke. And when Demosthenes spoke, they said, let us march.

That’s another clear, clever, and cogent analogy that Mark makes. People can admire Cicero as a skillful orator, and that’s it. But people would feel that they have to do something for the country after hearing Demosthenes speak, which should be one of the things that a political leader must pull off. Again, I learned that good analogies make your speech and writing much clearer and more understandable. Lastly, I’d like to introduce my favorite analogy from ANALYSIS Sept. 30, 2011, which was from David Brooks, the other commentator.

3) I agree the Republican primary electorate wants the guy with the leather jacket. But I think the country wants the guy from the rotary club.

Let me just say that I’d love to have the guy with the leather jacket as, oh well, not as the political leader of our country, but at least as a person who represents the communities or circles that I belong to because it’s much sexier and way more motivating.

(25 minutes / 441 words)

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