“Old Bill” Suggests—
A gentle and courteous man, with a fine character under his courtesy, wrote 200 years ago:
“Let no complaisance, no gentleness of temper, no weak desire of pleasing on your part, no wheedling, coaxing or flattery on other peoples make you recede one jot from any point that reason and prudence have bid you persue.”
That was Philip D Stanhope, fourth earl of Chesterfield, whose traditional fame as an apostle of good manners has obscured in history the fact that he was successful in a lot of tough jobs, including preventing Hanover from making war on Holland.
Sheer tenacity of purpose is even more likely to come from behind a polished exterior. The trouble with a “Hooey” Long is that he can call you no names that he has not used already.