Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mitt Romney shows he's not ready to serve

What Mitt Romney did this morning was absolutely disgraceful.  Even when he knew that the Obama administration did not approve a series or tweets by the American embassy in Cairo or a statement released by the administration in Cairo, Romney said that the administration is responsible for every word that is said.

Romney bit himself in the ass with his comments.  He has been slammed by the conservative editorial page of The Washington Post.  The editorial board offered a strong rebuke to Romney's comments.

NBC News shows a complete timeline of everything that went down yesterday and today, including the fallout from the Romney press conference.

What we now know is that the attack on the American embassy in Libya is that it was planned.

Also, according to Jeffrey Goldberg, this Sam Bacile character isn't Israeli, nor is that his real name.

Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge spoke to Think Progress and said that he doesn't think the president sympathizes with the attackers.
No, I don’t think President Obama sympathizes with those who attacked us. I don’t think any American does. I’m not going to question the strength of his words.
Romney did not find that many backers from the Republican side according to Salon.  Outside of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, the only notables that backed Romney were Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.  All of those in Congress released statements that offered their thoughts and prayers to the fallen Americans.

BuzzFeed's Ben Smith got the reaction of numerous foreign policy voices in the Republican Party.  Some are going as far as even comparing it to John McCain's moment in 2008, when he canceled on David Letterman and said he was going to return to Washington, DC to fix the economy.  Instead, he chose to go on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
"They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it’s just completely blown up," said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an "utter disaster" and a "Lehman moment" — a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader.
With less than two months before the election, it will be interesting to see how this hurts Romney's prospects.  My honest thoughts are that President Barack Obama has clinched his re-election.

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