We agree with Drum, add a key point: “Who but the hearty Swiss could throw the giant oonder stone?”
We recall the line from Ovaltine commercials of the 1950s. (We’re guessing at the spelling.) In the ads, the hearty Swiss tossed a boulder around in some sort of athletic event.
Suggestion: We kids could toss the giant stone too—if we just drank more chocolate milk!
The Swiss were “hearty” in those days. That’s not the way they play today. In this pithy post, Kevin Drum rolls his eyes at Governor O’Malley, who offered this repetitive comment on Sunday morning’s This Week:
O’MALLEY (7/8/12): I’ve never known of a Swiss bank account to build an American bridge, a Swiss bank account to create American jobs, or Swiss bank accounts to rebuild the levees to protect the people of New Orleans. That's not an economic strategy for moving our country forward.“I believe that O'Malley has won the competition for most references to ‘Swiss bank account’ in a single sentence,” Drum incomparably quipped, live and direct from the comfortable couch where he had been watching tennis.
We think we had the same reaction as Drum. We winced as we watched O’Malley struggle to keep repeating that phrase.
And we like O'Malley here!
Mitt Romney has a Swiss back account! (At 6 PM, substitute "Willard.") For all we know, it’s an effective talking-point. That said, here's the reason we winced:
When Democrats push a point like that, they do it because they don’t know how to win a debate on basic policy points!
He strapped his dog to the roof of his car! Just last week, he went jet skiing!
And not only that! Noun verb Swiss bank account!
In the short run, this approach may work (or not). In the long run, you ought to know why the liberal team is forced to recite such points.
Regarding those Ovaltine commercials: This web site recalls a different form of that hoary old Ovaltine pitch.
We stand by our recollection of a hearty people—a hearty people who could be seen on Saturday mornings throwing the oonder stone.
The Swiss inspired American children then. Today, with little else to say, our team makes a different pitch.