“Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president,” Grover Norquist said in support of Mitt Romney. Ouch. (More)

Talk about “damned with faint praise.” As David Frum writes at The Daily Beast, Grover Norquist backs Mitt Romney for President of the United states because … Romney will do as he’s told. Frum offers these quotes from Norquist’s CPAC speech:

All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.

Oddly, I don’t remember team captains that way. When I played and coached, and on every team I’ve watched, team captains are the “go-to” players. When the clock’s ticking down and you need a score, or you need to hold a lead, the “captain of the team” is supposed to keep cool and step up with a big play. That’s why their coaches or teammates choose them as captains.

For example, when political opponents are howling “religious freedom” and even the media have picked up that meme – about an issue of employee compensation – a team captain is the one you count on to deftly sustain a good and popular policy, leaving the opposition demoralized and divided. That kind of leadership requires a bit more than “enough working digits to handle a pen.”

Grover Norquist seems to imagine himself a modern day Iago, never taking the duty of office upon himself but instead whispering in the ear of an conveniently pliant Othello, with government itself the Desdemona fated for death.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t see these …

Romney 2012 – He’ll Do As He’s Told!

Romney 2012 – He Can Hold a Pen!

… as bumper stickers that inspire voters’ confidence. As Frum concludes:

Mitt Romney badly needs his Sister Souljah moment. Instead, he’s running as Jim DeMint’s doormat.

With a dog on the roof.