By now you’ve probably read about how Mitt Romney came out swinging at the President after the murder of staff at our Libyan embassy, hoping to land a punch and reinforce his laugable “apology tour” meme, no matter how harmful his comments might prove to be to American diplomats in the field. I’d thought that after Romney’s descent into welfare-queen, race-baiting he could go no lower. I was wrong. Michael Tomasky and Andrew Sullivan, representing the left and (the intelligent) right respectively, sum it up:
Some of you write, oh Tomasky can be dismissed because he just wants Obama to be reelected. That I do, for a host of reasons, but pretty high on my list is my belief, which I’ve held since 2007 and with redoubled passion since watching him more closely last year, that Mitt Romney is characterless and unprincipled and just can’t be the president. The last 16 hours have played out almost as if he sat down after dinner and said to Ann, “Now, how can I prove Mike Tomasky right?”
Andrew’s conclusion is mine:
These people are simply unfit for the responsibility of running the United States. The knee-jerk judgments, based on ideology not reality; the inability to back down when you have said something obviously wrong; and the attempt to argue that the president of the US actually sympathized with those who murdered his own ambassador in Benghazi: these are disqualifying instincts for someone hoping to be the president of the US. Disqualifying.
Sullivan’s post outlines the events and persuasively makes the case for the outrage about Romney’s behavior that is expressed above. I highly recommend it.
The whole thing made me so angry that I went to the Romney campaign Website and left a comment, telling the presidential hopeful how disgraceful I thought his behavior was. Probably a wasted gesture, but it made me feel lots better.
UPDATE: President Obama shows us how its done when you’re the real deal:
“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later and as president one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that,” Obama told CBS News on Wednesday.”It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”