Oh, this David Brooks bit is bitchy and hilarious:

Romney also went on a mission to France. He spent two years knocking on doors, failing to win a single convert. This was a feat he would replicate during his 2008 presidential bid.

Ouch! I’m not sensing a lot of love for the nominee. What’s interesting is that Brooks isn’t focusing on Romney’s policies, but his persona, which strikes many people as unreal. Andy Ferguson, on the other hand, has never had much good to say about Romney, but says the man’s character is what brought him (Ferguson) feebly around:

[H]e’s a know-it-all and likely to remain so, and his relationship to political principle has always been tenuous. Which makes him a, uh, politician. But now I suspect he’s also something else, a creature rarely found in the highest reaches of American politics: a good guy.

UPDATE: Business Insider says I, like many people, have missed Brooks’s real joke. Maybe so. Wouldn’t be the first time I didn’t get something.