by Patrick Appel

Mitt threatens. Jensen urges him not to. David Bernstein protests:

I am writing to ask my fellow journos and pundits, wherever they may be, to resist echoing the ridiculous verb "skip" in discussing this. If Romney spends less of his resources on Iowa this time (as I have long suggested he will), it will be because he believes he can't win there, and doesn't want to be seen as trying and losing.

In most competitions, this is called "conceding defeat," or something along those lines. For instance, if Jon has me facing certain checkmate in five moves and I tip over my king, this is not called "skipping the game against Jon."

Jonathan Bernstein nods.

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