Saturday, July 28, 2012


From The New York Times:
In his latest broadside against the incumbent's foreign policy, Mitt Romney blamed President Obama for the Arab uprisings last year, arguing that he could have headed them off by pressing the region’s autocrats to reform first.

"President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda," Mr. Romney told the newspaper Israel Hayom, referring to President George W. Bush's democracy policy, "and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history in a more peaceful manner."
(Emphasis added.)

Really? You're looking to win over unpersuaded voters in the middle and you make an approving reference to George W. Bush's foreign policy? Because that did such a bang-up job of making the Middle East a peaceful and U.S.-friendly place?

I really can't wait for the convention and the debates. I suspect Romney isn't going to be able to shake the notion that whatever moves the needle on Fox News and talk radio is what he should be saying to the general public.

I'm starting to wonder whether his commitment to wingnuttery is more bone-deep than we realize -- we've known for a while that he'll never dare to defy the crazies, either on the campaign trail or (God help us) if he becomes president, but I'm starting to believe he's not faking anymore -- he really doesn't want to defy them.

1 comment:

Victor said...

Doesn't Mitt realize, that for all their undue influence, FOX "News" and Rush only have a few million viewers/listeners?

And that that leaves over 130 million voters, of whom only 25-30% are certifiable authoritarian lunatics?

Lord, I hope not.

Kudo's to Mitt, though, for mentioning that he'll follow W's disastrous Middle East policies!

Now, if only he'll admit that Ryan's and his economic plan, is Bush's on acid and meth.