Quote of the Day: “cautiously gleeful”


Quote of the Day: “cautiously gleeful”

From a Chicago Sun-Times article on Governor Mitt Romney taking the lead in national polls:

Romney campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom was cautiously gleeful in an MSNBC interview. A week ago, when polls put Romney behind, stories were being written about how the Romney campaign was in dissaray.

When “we were being questioned about the state of the race, and our advice was to simply caution everybody to be patient; that there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs in this campaign, but it’s going to be tight right until the end. And we believe that to be the case, and I believe the president and his campaign share that view,” Fehrnstrom said.

They do.

One common definition of glee is “open delight or pleasure; exultant joy; exultation” but the Collins English Dictionary definition of “great merriment or delight, often caused by someone else’s misfortune” might be more apt here.

In case you’re wondering what “cautious glee” looks like, here’s a clip:

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