In 2008 I wrote a post entitled “Wanting a cool and sexy Prez,” in which I evaluated Obama and previous presidents on the dimension of cool:
Maybe it’s come down to this: choosing a President is now mostly about style rather than substance.
And it now occurs to me that one of the reasons for the widespread antipathy to Romney (even from some of his supporters) is that he’s not cool. Actually, in the obsolete vernacular of my youth, he’s square (or “a square”).
And that’s “square” not as in the Cub Scout Promise* (“be square,” which used to make me giggle as a child), but square as in this clip, where Romney would fit in well in the Pat Boone role, taking lessons in hipness from Maynard G. Krebbs and Kookie:
*I just learned that in the 70s, as part of a general re-organization and supposed modernization of scouting:
The Cub Scout Promise was changed from “to be square” to “to help other people”, as the term square went from meaning honest to rigidly conventional.