In the course of campaigning in New Hampshire in January 1992 George Bush told an Exeter townhall meeting: “Message: I care.” We all heard about it endlessly at the time. As I recall, the media took it as an illustration of Bush’s supposed cluelessness.
Jonah Goldberg classed this episode among his “biggest peeves with Republicans: They read their stage directions, they explain their motives. And it drives me crazy.” He declared Bush the poster boy for this malady.
In the video below we have Madam Hillary doing roughly the same thing. Responding last week to Donald Trump’s comments on her faith, Clinton actually read the direction “Sigh” off her teleprompter from the text of her speech. Does Jonah know about this?