Mitt Romney — September 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

Why Mitt Is More Dangerous Than George W. Bush


Still looking for that “exploiting a tragedy” bounce

In 2008, candidate Hillary Clinton questioned candidate Barack Obama’s ability to handle that 3 AM phone call that would inevitably come.

What we didn’t know then is that Barack Obama would be the man who — with Hillary Clinton’s assistance — would make the call to take out Osama bin Laden. And we had no idea that an even better test for a presidential candidate than his or her ability to handle that 3 AM phone call was the ability to not send that 12 AM email.

September 11, 2012 was the first day in about a year in which Mitt Romney didn’t lob incendiary, specious attacks at the president. He decided to honor the eleventh anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 with a little decorum. As he did, the president’s post convention bounce continued and the conservative media began to turn on Mitt. Within a few hours Rush and Laura Ingraham and Bill Kristol all savaged his performance, saying basically anyone could beat Obama so Romney must be terrible.

Mitt’s problem? He wasn’t attacking enough.

For Republicans — who are still willing to employee all of the people who planned the failed Iraq War and still want to offer more tax breaks for the rich after the Bush tax breaks created no jobs — the problem can’t ever be their ideas. And since they decided before any of his policies took effect that President Obama was a failure, they just couldn’t be losing to him. No, it must be that Mitt — who has been throwing invented charges at the president for a full year – just isn’t being nasty enough.

So what did Mitt do around 12 AM of September 12?

He decided that he would take a tragedy that was still unfolding and use it to make a political point in a scathing email statement. Conservatives were complaining about a statement that the American embassy in Cairo put out trying to soothe the protesters. So when a likely unrelated attack on our embassy in Benghazi took the life of an American Ambassador, he took that critique and used to attack the president via email.

Anything to get the knives out of his back and into the president.

Mitt’s email and his smirking defense of it in a press conference have been roundly criticized by almost everyone—except, of course, some of the same maniacs who planned and supported the Iraq War.

Mitt’s defenders called the moment Reaganesque—except they never bothered to look at how Reagan handled such situations in his 1980 campaign.

You could say that the performance was George W. Bushlike, but our memories of the results of the Administration have blurred our understanding of Bush. W. made terrible decisions and hired terrible advisers. But he never did so in a rushed, obviously harried way. He had the confidence of knowing he had support from his dad’s old allies and the steady backing of  the  right wing press, which at the time was less potent.

In an era where Fox News, AM radio, Drudge and Breitbart are increasingly fact free and set on destruction, a weak candidate like Mitt Romney who has to bend to their ridiculous whims is especially dangerous.

Mitt Romney didn’t understand, or didn’t care, that he was commenting on and inflaming a crisis that is still in progress, putting American diplomats all over the Middle East at risk. His goal is stopping the president’s bounce and he doesn’t even understand the last thing he needs to worry about right wing that never will never really love him.

(Keep in mind that if Mitt defies the odds and is elected, his reliance on the right wing media to avoid a primary challenge will be even more desperate.)

Romney had a chance to show the center what kind of president he would be. And that 12 AM email revealed that he’s a man who has no idea what message he should send.

[Photo by Anne Savage.]

  • MPD

    Romney has gone from white-bread to TOAST.

  • And people want to give him the nuclear football??

  • The GOP has made a hobby out of not actually looking back to see what Reagan did, preferring instead to mythologize him into a character who never really existed except for in their own delusions.

  • “In an era where Fox News, AM radio, Drudge and Breitbart are increasingly fact free ”
    How about here; that 3AM phone call that Obama so courageously, heroically, and decisively acted on really took 5 months before he could grow the cohones to do it.
    “commenting on and inflaming a crisis that is still in progress”
    no one has shown any evidence, and this is the first mention, that his comments inflamed anything.
    “after the Bush tax breaks created no jobs ”
    Actually, if you look at the jobs graphs of Obama’s 4 years and Bush’s 8, you’ll see a remarkably similar curve. Each term started with a huge drop in jobs. From the nader Bush created 7 million jobs and a net gain in his term of about 4 million jobs. From Obama’s nader he did see 4.3 million new jobs while in office, but a net gain of 300,000 jobs.
    Regarding the “failed” Iraq war- we did remove one of the worst dictators in our time. People so soon forget 9/11 and how we all wanted to go after the terrorist bases that were responsible. Then John Kerry came along and convinced the left wingers that it was an unrighteous war, and the only reason we went in was because of weapons of mass destruction- that were supposedly never found. Of course the recent(7/2012) news that Great Britain would be helping the Iraqis dispose of the stockpile of chemical weapons out found in Iraq was mainly ignored and/or hushed by the mainstream media.
    So regarding being fact free…. be careful casting the first stone. I should rephrase that since you guys don’t believe in God and wouldn’t understand the connotation, but I won’t since deep down you probably do.
    I’m sorry to have stumbled into to your Obama lovefest. You may not like Romney, but you’ve seen Obama and have absolutely no reason to like him, unless you’re gay and want to marry, an illegal immigrant, or are muslim.

    • hey I hope you didn’t get too worked up typing up all those rebuttals no one will read. PS I did see you mentioned John Kerry, who would be steamrolling Romney too.

    • 1) The jobs argument is ridiculous, when you start your term trying to stop 750,000 jobs that are disappearing a month, you have a lot to overcome, 2) Iraq overthrew a dictator but at what cost? Smart? Hardly. 3) Your story about Iraq chemicals weapons is completely false, They are disposing of the factories that had been closed and entombed years ago. BBC 8/01/2012 U K to train Iraq Chemical weapons disposal teams,

    • That’s a profound rewrite of history. Quite impressive, actually.

    • Are you kidding me

      Republicans: always living in an alternate universe.

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  • Peter Schwaller

    > So what did Mitt do around 12 AM of September 12?
    Just to nitpick, he actually did it at 10pm on Sept 11, but had it embargoed until Sept 12 so it wouldn’t be unseemly. You would think they could have kept someone up and sent it after midnight instead, but I guess they needed their beauty sleep.

  • Mark Baker

    At this point the only people voting for Romney will be racists that fume at the concept of a black president. They would glady even vote Bush or Nixon and yes even Mitt, over a Blackman.