An Inexplicable Doubledown

At Outside the Beltway, Doug Mataconis writes:

The statement issued last night was ill-advised and dumb, but at least the campaign had the excuse of not being aware of the facts behind the embassy statement. Nearly twelve hours later, after we not only knew the truth behind the Cairo Embassy statement but also knew that four Americans, including an Ambassador, had died was there any attempt by the Romney campaign to walk back their ill-advised statement? Of course not. Instead we got [Romney's morning appearance.] A worse response to the news of the deaths of four Americans who were serving their country I cannot possibly imagine. Worse yet for Romney, it was sandwiched between televised statements by Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama that made his attempts to characterize the Obama Administration in the manner that he did look foolish and ham-handed[.]

Mataconis' post is titled "Could Foreign Policy Cost Mitt Romney The Election?" I think what he is really asking is "Could Romney's Lack of Judgment And Honor Cost Him The Election?" The answer, I submit, is yes.

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    Leaving aside for the moment that (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by Anne on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:24:11 PM EST
    there really shouldn't even be a remote possibility that Mitt Romney and his party of small-minded, xenophobic, women-hating twits could ever even get an invitation to the WH, much less win an election to get there, this example of how Mitt Romney would handle a matter of critical diplomatic and strategic importance ought to mark the moment when millions of Americans - even some sane Republicans - realize this man is not fit for the office.

    I have been as vocal a critic of Obama as anyone - and trust me when I tell you I still have oodles of reservations and criticisms - but I don't worry that something Obama says in response to an event like the attacks in Libya is going to fan the flames of hatred both here and abroad.

    The Romney that insulted people all across Europe for no particular reason is now a desperate, craven, soul-less, not-quite-human who needs to be hounded out of this race.

    Both (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by lentinel on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:32:34 PM EST
    these guys are fanning the flames - each in his own manner.

    True - drone killings and kill lists (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Anne on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:43:34 PM EST
    make a pretty powerful reason for us to be hated.

    I'm starting to feel, though, that Romney is who Homer Simpson would be if Homer had been born to privilege and had an extreme makeover.


    OK. (none / 0) (#7)
    by lentinel on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:59:17 PM EST
    Romney is Homer Simpson, well groomed and wealthy.

    Obama is beginning to seem to me to be a product not unlike that created by the doctor in Mary Shelley's novel. Parts from different sources, some defective, sewed together.

    Both of them make me nervous.


    Geez, lentinel (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by christinep on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:36:19 PM EST
    For a day or so, can't you let go of your own brand of "false equivalency?"  that is, it really is credibility-defying to keep up the "but, but...Obama is just as bad" no matter the situation.  To ignore the differences in the immediate aftermath of the Libyan news only undercuts your other positions concerning the Presidential race.  The difference today is glaring.  The crassness of Romney's foolish & craven comments surprise even the most political amongst us like myself.  Yep, sometimes the he said/she said stuff is way out of place.  

    OK. (none / 0) (#12)
    by lentinel on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:57:07 PM EST
    Romney is crass.

    I wouldn't vote for him.


    Thank you, lentinel. (Nuff said, for now, ok.) (none / 0) (#14)
    by christinep on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:37:01 PM EST
    I think I just heard you (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by NYShooter on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 03:01:04 AM EST
    stamp your foot. lol

    you're cute, Christine....expecially after a sip, or two.

    You know, Chris, when I was a boy, my mother (the old Cossack) used to say to me after times like these, "good will come from the bad, you'll see." And, even though it's an old, shop warn adage, I find that, after the anger comes the reflection. Can't help but feel so lucky for all my blessings. And, above all, nothing comes close to my friendships, and friends.

    G'nite, my friend.


    The political responses... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:43:51 AM EST
    of the two figureheads are not equivalent...the foreign policies they both support, hate to break it to ya in election season, are basically equivalent.

    It's why foreign policy was barely an issue in the campaign till yesterday...with the possible exception of which candidate will do more for Israel in regards to Iran.


    I Wouln't Restrict It to... (none / 0) (#1)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:22:04 PM EST
    ...a single area, like foreign policy.  He's pretty much screwed up at every turn and either made a gaffe, miscalculated exactly how stupid his position is, or just plain old insults disguised as some thing positive.

    So yes, I concur with this wholeheartedly:

    Could Romney's Lack of Judgment And Honor Cost Him The Election?

    He is pouncing on anything that moves and taking the opposite side of the President without actually thinking about it.  But I guess that's where the GOP is today.  

    I don't want Romney running the show as much as anyone, and like McCain he is ruining his reputation to appease the party.  Which demands he be the anti-Obama.

    Romney gots big shoes to fill! (none / 0) (#17)
    by heidelja on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:48:16 AM EST
    After all, he's on the payroll now and is following the foot steps (or in the shadow?) of Sarah Palin! He has to show he has a "big stick"! Here

    I'd phrase it this way (none / 0) (#5)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:58:18 PM EST
    "Could Romney's sociopathic creepiness cost him the election?"

    If it wasn't for the Mormonism, the guy could have been a real-life Patrick Bateman.

    Does Mitt Romney (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:42:31 PM EST
    not have anyone on his campaign staff who has two brain cells to rub together and can advise him or vet his statements?  Or all they all just "yes men" who go along with his verbal diarrhea?
    OTOH, I suppose that Mitt is used to surrounding himself with "yes men" who wouldn't dare to make any kind of useful suggestions, and if they do, he wouldn't listen to them, anyway.
    Definitely does not bode well for his campaign, or even more importantly, his ability to govern.

    His foreign policy advisor is John Bolton. (5.00 / 6) (#8)
    by caseyOR on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:02:44 PM EST
    His advisors are insane neo-cons who damn near blew-up the world that last time they were in control. So, no Romney does not have anyone with two brain cells to rub together.

    What a quartet of nutjobs (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:01:24 PM EST
    Iraq War crimninal John Bolton advising Romney, and Iran-Contra criminal Elliot Abrams advising Ryan. I guess Perle and Wolfowitz were busy.

    Such a deep well of experienced statesmen the Republicans have to draw from.


    Definitely does (none / 0) (#9)
    by Zorba on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:22:30 PM EST
    seem like it, doesn't it?  John Bolton- jeez, Louise.    

    all i can go o is what we are (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Amiss on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:29:55 PM EST
    Seeing here in Fla. in the Romney "job" ads here. Every one of his job "creations" is in the military. And the ads are just raining down upon us here in NE Fla. 4 ads in 15 minutes is average. I just hope that even tho Obama has been far from the President I had hoped he would be. Romney just proves daily that that things could and would be much much worse. The Republicans would put us back into a war we can ill-afford. They are chomping at the bit like pit bulls at a dog fight.