Jeffrey E. Garten on why a milquetoast bill is the best we can hope for.
Is anybody planning on running a repeat of milquetoast and the Crazies again?
Gingrich has tried to depict Romney a milquetoast moderate in the line of former state governor Charlie Crist.
Either way, he stood out in a country whose media industry is often criticized for its milquetoast manner.
Hence, all the agreeing with Obama, all the adopting of milquetoast positions.
It was a modest—progressive critics might say milquetoast—line of argument.
In contrast, Santorum's milquetoast “disagreement” looks pathetic and unpresidential.
"timid, meek person," 1938, from Caspar Milquetoast, character created by U.S. newspaper cartoonist H.T. Webster (1885-1952) in the strip "The Timid Soul," which ran from 1924 in the "New York World" and later the "Herald Tribune." By 1930 the name was being referenced as a type of the meek man. The form seems to be milktoast with an added French twist; cf. also milksop.
A mild, ineffectual person; a timid person; wimp
[1924+; fr or popularized by the comic-strip character Caspar Milquetoast in ''The Timid Soul'' by H T Webster]