Mr. Romney has made some of these points, and we would not expect him to re-argue them all, politics be damned; obviously a majority of Americans do not share our views on a number of them. But he should be presenting a broad, positive vision of how and where he would lead the United States in the world. If he thinks Mr. Obama is betting on and therefore accelerating the decline of U.S. leadership, don’t just call him nasty names (“Jimmy Carter,” for example), but explain to the American people why U.S. leadership is sustainable and necessary in the coming decades.
Instead, there have been too many cheap shots and miscues that have only called attention to Mr. Romney’s inexperience in foreign affairs. This week’s accusation that the Obama administration sympathizes with rioters called to mind Mr. Romney’s over-the-top attack in May when U.S. officials were in the midst of delicate negotiations in Beijing to win freedom for human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng. “If these reports are true, this is a dark day for freedom and it’s a day of shame for the Obama administration,” Mr. Romney said, shortly before Mr. Chen flew to New York City.
His jeering at Russia has seemed unbecoming a great power (“Under my administration . . . Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone”), and his threats of a trade war with China are both unconvincing and unproductive. He appealed to the worst in the American people when he failed to stand up for religious tolerance by condemning the bigoted anti-Muslim movie trailer that incited riots this week, even as he rightly condemned the violence itself.
The Post suggests, instead, that Romney stick closer to saying things like this when discussing foreign policy issues: “The idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it.” Appeal to our best, not our worst. It’s not that hard, Mitt!
14:10 // 1 year ago
Paul Ryan drops millions to protect his House seat
$2m Amount VP hopeful Paul Ryan is set to spend on additional campaign ads…for his reelection to the House of Representatives, that is. Just in case Mitt comes up short. source
13:55 // 1 year ago
The violence took a domestic political turn, in part thanks to a statement released early Tuesday by the staff of the Cairo embassy, which condemned the film and the “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
The Romney campaign’s statement seemed to be an attempt to capitalize on the appearance that the Obama administration — which has overseen the Arab Spring, and the rise of Islamist governments in both Egypt and Libya — was capitulating to the sensitivities of an unruly Muslim crowd, rather than backing the right of an American citizen to release a disrespectful film.
But the statement criticized by the Romney campaign came early in the day, before the attacks on the two embassies, and was put out not by the White House, but by the Cairo embassy itself.
The White House later disavowed the statement as not approved by Washington, according to a senior administration official speaking to Politico.
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt also commented on the statement from the Romney campaign. “We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” LaBolt said in a statement. [more]
One has to wonder if Terry Jones will feel the smallest amount of regret over what his hate has wrought.
A poorly-timed attempt by Romney’s camp to find a leg up on the president during a tough campaign. Frustrating in more ways than one.
8:45 // 1 year ago
Secret Service investigates reported theft of Romney tax files, $1 million extortion threat
"At this time there is no evidence that our systems have been compromised or that there was any unauthorized access to the data in question,” said Chris Atkins, a spokesperson for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
19:26 // 1 year ago
naturalpatina says: Isn't it unfair to compare those photos of Romney & Obama watching their wives speak? I may not be a fan of Romney at all, but, there's a big age difference between the kids in both photos. From personal experience, if I were any of the younger ones, I'd be completely disinterested in what was going on. To use their facial expressions in one photo to gauge how Romney's overall viewing experience was is unfair. Obama's kids are older, and better able to understand the significance of the speech.
» SFB says: We just thought it was intriguing that there were intimate photos of literally the same type of moment. We didn’t add anything to it other than the phrase ”Who had the better viewing experience?” Why overthink it? You can talk yourself out of anything by overthinking it. We decided to talk ourselves into posting the two photos side-by-side. — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: And to be fair to Mitt, though that post was a reblog, there were other pics, like this Getty Images shot:
12:47 // 1 year ago