11/08/2011 05:45 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

David Brooks Compares Mitt Romney To Zeppo Marx Of Marx Brothers

New York Times columnist David Brooks compared Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to Zeppo Marx of the Marx Brothers Monday in a column titled "The Serious One."

"In the Marx brothers movie that is the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney is Zeppo," he wrote, referring to the straight man in the comedy team. "He doesn't spin out one-liners. He's not the rambunctious one. He's just the earnest, good-looking guy who wants to be appreciated."

Brooks has written about Romney favorably. In September, in a conversation with fellow columnist Gail Collins, he said he was the "best candidate in the field," and debated better than President Barack Obama. He penned a column, "In Defense Of Romney," Oct. 3, writing, "the strongest case for Romney is that he's nobody's idea of a savior."

Romney has run a cautious campaign and remains the frontrunner as his rivals flounder. Until Monday, it had been 10 days since he took questions from voters, reported the AP. He has been raising money in preparation for a fight against Obama as well.

The Huffington Post's Jon Ward reported on how Romney rolled out a Medicare voucher plan as optional and as part of a larger plan, earning praise from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), but not earning much of the criticism Ryan received for his plan.