That's not an earthquake folks.It's America's collective shudder at the thought of Mitt Romney engaging in foreign diplomacy.
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) September 12, 2012
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There are lots of ways for Obamabots to answer the question "Are you better off than you were fours years ago?" Some note that Jersey Shore is dead and Arrested Development is alive. Others point to the improving employment picture. Joe Biden puts it most piquantly: "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." But who deserves credit for these events?
According to a Public Policy Polls survey of Ohio voters, 38% of Ohio Republicans say Barack Obama is most responsible for the bin Laden's death, 15% say Romney, and 47% were unsure. The results were similar in North Carolina, where 29% of Republicans said Obama deserves more credit, versus 15% Romney and 56% unsure.
There's not much in Romney's foreign policy that can be credited for bin Laden's demise, but maybe his anti-porn stance is what drove the al Queda mastermind into the path of a Navy SEAL's bullet. A connoisseur of smut, what else could bin Laden do when confronted with Romney's plan to take away his Internet access to Weapons of Ass Destruction IV?
It's also possible that these majorities of Republican voters who refuse to credit Obama with the Bin Laden's killing aren't really answering the question that's being put to them, just as many Republicans translate questions about Obama's faith into questions about how much they hate the president. For many voters, telling a pollster that President Obama is a Muslim who doesn't deserve credit for the country's most visible recent military achievement is just another way of saying that Obama sucks.
But that can't be every voter. Somewhere in Ohio or North Carolina, there's a guy who thinks SEAL Team Six arrived in Pakistan's on Romney's charter plane and shot bin Laden using equipment financed by Romney's off-shore accounts. And that guy's vote counts just as much as yours.
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And that "fact," according to these fact sheets: Barack Obama is awesome.
For years the State Department has drafted a series of "Background Notes" on foreign countries, before the Obama administration realized that if we wanted to know more about a country, we'd invade it.
In the meantime, it was best to bow to reality and acknowledge that the only thing Americans like less than geography is reading…
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In an interview with Israel Hayom, Mitt Romney explained that any criticism of Israel should not be for public consumption, saying, "If there were places where we disagree, I would hold these disagreements in private conversations, not in public forums." It wasn't the first time Romney relegated political discussions to "quiet rooms…"
* When asked if there were "no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as envy," Romney replied," I think it's fine to talk about these things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the President has made it part of his campaign rally."
* When asked about specific cost saving in federal programs Romney responded, "One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don't care about education [Wow! Like in a real political campaign!]…so will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I'm not going to give you a list right now."
* Asked if he supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Romney said, "I'm not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed."
Between diplomacy, domestic spending, tax rates and women's rights, that's a lot of issues to talk about in quiet rooms. No wonder Romney needs so many homes.
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We already know the Obama administration is demonstrably weak in the face of Iran aggression. After all, as CNN recently reported, "Iran already has a missile that could reach the U.S. if it could put it on a ship and move it to within 600 miles of the American coastline."
Though the sanctions imposed on the Iranian regime are the toughest in history, the Obama regime has done nothing to protect us against the threat of the Iranian space program, which can put a rocket on the surface of Mars, if only someone moves it within 600 miles of orbit. Their secret police can beat us with their fists, if only someone places them with 12 inches of our noses.
While this aspect of Barack Obama's appeasing foreign policy is well known, less remarked upon is his cowardice in the face of the Soviet menace.
It's an existential threat well documented by the Romney campaign, which in April warned of Soviet advance in the Arctic as well as the peril facing "Czechoslovakia." Yesterday, Romney foreign policy surrogate Rich Williamson voiced his concern about the only union Republicans are in favor of resurrecting…
A foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign warned against policies that would aid "the Soviet Union" Wednesday, making him at least the third person from Team Romney — including Romney himself — to refer to a country that hasn't existed since 1991 in the course of attacking President Obama’s foreign policy…
Williamson was condemning the Obama approach to Syria. He called the country "strategically important to the Soviet Union."
Though Russian policy ranks decidedly low on the list of voter concerns, perhaps the Romney campaign's belligerent security stances will discourage voters who don't want a repeat of the Bush administration's war making. While in America you politicize foreign policy, in Romney's Retroactively Resurrected Soviet Union, foreign policy politicizes you.
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