A disgusted reader sends his paraphrasing of some cable commentators' election-night praise of the loser's concession speech:
"During the campaign, Mitt Romney lied continually, questioned the President’s 'Americanism', was despicably hollow, tried to win based on never saying anything, was utterly secretive and a 100% flip-flopper (showing no discernible core values), and allowed the party’s crazies to say transparently unpatriotic things about Obama ... but oh that concession speech ... wow ... he’s clearly a wonderful wonderful man!"
That's precisely what was said, and unsaid. And that's a pity. Assorted commentators' gracious remarks unwisely bookended what was the most reprehensible presidential campaign ever conducted--the one in which a major party's nominee habitually and savagely accused a sitting president of the United States of treacherously apologizing for his own, and, once, of sympathizing with an enemy who had just murdered four honorable Americans. Meanwhile, a top surrogate--never rebuked by the nominee--was demanding that this, our most genuinely "exceptional" American president ever, "learn to be an American."
Don't get me wrong. I believe in a generous peace, a la MacArthur versus Japan. But I also believe in enduring abhorrence, as in Eisenhower's 1945 refusal to even attend the surrender ceremony. He righteously detested the savage losers that much.