Mitt Romney confronted accusations of being a “wimp” while traveling in Israel over the weekend.
“If I worried about what the media said I wouldn’t get much sleep, and I’m able to sleep pretty well,” the presumptive Republican nominee said in response to Newsweek’s name-calling cover story.
Michael Tomasky’s article, titled “Mitt Romney’s Wimp Factor“ questions whether Mitt is fit to be president based on his history of snubbing reporters, not standing up to right-wingers, and being shady over his tax returns among other things. His string of “astonishing faux pas” during overseas trip only adds to speculation by critics that he can’t handle challenges on the job — at home or overseas.
“He’s kind of lame, and he’s really… annoying. He keeps saying these… things, these incredibly off-key things,” the article reads. “Then he apologizes immediately — with all the sincerity of a hostage. Or maybe he doesn’t: sometimes he whines about the subsequent attacks on him. But the one thing he never does? Man up, double down, take his lumps.”
The article is a spin-off of the mag’s controversial 1987 “wimp” cover, starring then-VP George H.W. Bush.