Or read the transcript below…
The English language is a tricky thing. As an editor and writer with over 20 years of experience, believe me I know.
The Drudge headline for Romney’s big foreign policy speech today is “Hope is not a Strategy.”
Instead of hope, good businessmen have faith—that means confidence that the plan you’ve put in place will work out.
Romney’s right: Hope is not a strategy. In fact, used as a noun, which is how Obama sold “Hope” to us—Hope is the exact opposite of having a plan.
You can see this in the verb form of hope: as in, “I hope I pass this test that I didn’t study for even though I had all weekend to do so.”
Hope is sort of a clueless, desperate prayer. At the end of the movie, the hero has two wires to cut. As he cuts one of them, he says, “Let’s hope this works” what he really means is, “I have no experience in bomb demolition and I am completely winging it here.”
Hope is nothing more than a wish that it will work out—despite my complete incompetence and laziness when I could have done something to improve my chances.
All of that does fit Obama’s “Hope.” But that’s hard to fit on a campaign poster.