This made me laugh. Even the liberal Jim Fallows does his usual “to be fair to conservatives” routine on Romney and plane windows:
I have heard over the years, within the flying world, that Mitt Romney views airplanes more or less the way I view horses. He is (I have heard) not a happy or comfortable flyer, and one who can always imagine things going wrong. Fortunately I don’t actually have to ride horses — but he has no choice but to fly, white-knuckled, from one stop to the next. Someone with this outlook would naturally be all the more rattled by an emergency landing. So cut him all the more slack.
Steve M makes the obvious point and makes it well:
No, James — it’s not true that Romney “has no choice but to fly.” He chose to run for president — in fact, he chose to spend the last six years of his life running for president. I didn’t ask him to. You didn’t ask him to. He could be spending his days playing with his grandkids and lubing his car elevator. But no — he chose this particular endeavor, which requires him to fly day after day after day. If being president is what he wants, then he should just suck it up and never utter a peep about how uncomfortable flying makes him, because nobody put a gun to his head and compelled him to do all this flying. It was his choice.
Everything is always about elites defending other elites and making excuses for them. Fallows may be a relatively enlightened elite, but his point is worse than idiotic.
Would he be saying the same thing if we had an agoraphobic presidential campaign? Cut him some slack, he can’t campaign because he doesn’t like leaving the house.