Peggy Noonan's premise in "Bush to Beat Dukakis as Truman Beat Dewey," (Opinion, June 26), wilts in the glare of reality.
First, she likens the two presidential contenders of 40 years ago to today's two prime choices. Her view ignores the fact that the times and temperament in our country back then were poles apart from what they are now.
More importantly, Noonan's flimsy built-by-association fantasy disregards the character differentials that make this foursome separate and unequal individuals.
If she were a student of character instead of a sometimes speech writer for the vice president, Noonan would see that any resemblance between her subjects, living or dead, is purely coincidental and fictitious.
Suggest as she might, there's just no way the prissy "Have a nice day" (Vice President George) Bush will ever measure up to the man that the spunky "Give 'em hell, Harry!" Truman was. Truman was a blunt exclamation mark; Bush is a blunted (to quote Noonan) "comma in an easy chair." Truman was man enough to accept the buck that went with his office; Bush timorously tiptoes away from problems in his path.