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Why is Peggy Noonan being such a Jerk?

Why are high profile “conservatives” such as Noonan and Bill Krystal behaving like clueless punks? Its bad enough that the media is in the tank for Obama and reacting like lunatics every time Mitt Romney opens his mouth. Why are these “conservatives”  fueling the fire? Noonan apparently refereed to the Romney Campaign as a “rolling calamity”. Why? What has been so bad about the campaign?

Mitt Romney is not the most charming and outgoing candidate in the world,  but he’s not stiff or inarticulate to the point of being outside the norm.  Below I’ve listed the major party nominees for president over the last 52 years (beginning in 1960) and ranked them on intelligence, relevant experience, and attractiveness/ability as a candidate.  I have attempted to grade them fairly with no regard for ideology but admit that my bias may shine through in some cases.

All candidates are graded on a curve using just the pool of twenty actual major party nominees. Within score groups they are listed in chronological order.

As can be seen Romney easily falls with in the Average rankings. Sure the table represents my opinion, but I challenge anyone to show where I’ve been unduly partisan or blinded by ideology.

So to return to my central question: Why are a few high profile “conservatives” savaging Romney when he’s simply been found guilty of being a conservative by the media?

These rankings have NOTHING to do with how I think they did or would have done as president.

1 = Above Average , 0 = Average, -1 = Below Average

 Name General Intelligence Relevant Experience Ability as Campaigner Score
Clinton 1 0 1 2
Kennedy 0 0 1 1
Nixon 1 0 0 1
Reagan 0 0 1 1
Johnson 0 0 0 0
Humphrey 0 0 0 0
Ford 0 0 0 0
Mondale 0 0 0 0
Bush 1 0 0 0 0
Bush 2 0 0 0 0
Obama 0 -1 1 0
Romney 0 0 0 0
Goldwater 0 0 -1 -1
Carter 0 0 -1 -1
Dukakis 0 0 -1 -1
Dole 0 0 -1 -1
Gore 0 0 -1 -1
Kerry 0 0 -1 -1
McCain 0 0 -1 -1
McGovern -1 0 -1 -2

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