In a fascinating twist, the Romney camp has switched from attacking President Obama for apologizing and sympathizing with those who attacked American embassies — which was patently untrue — to simply blaming Obama for the attacks themselves and hypothesizing that an Imaginary President Romney would have prevented those attacks:
A top foreign policy aide to Mitt Romney suggested Thursday that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens would never have happened if Romney were president. There wouldn’t even be anti-American protests in the Middle East if Romney were in charge, the aide said.
“There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation,” Romney adviser Richard Williamson told the Washington Post. “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.”
He blamed the attack that killed Stevens on Obama’s handling of the region, arguing that the Muslim world would have held the hypothetical Romney administration of 2008-2012 in much greater esteem, which would have prevented violent protests over an anti-Muslim film like the one that led to Stevens’s death.
“In Egypt and Libya and Yemen, again demonstrations — the respect for America has gone down, there’s not a sense of American resolve and we can’t even protect sovereign American property,” he said.
“If only Mitt Romney could be our president right now so that nothing bad would ever happen to America.”
“Why wouldn’t anything bad ever happen?”
“Because of respect and resolve and other good things that Mitt Romney always does and Barack Obama never does. And no apologies. And America.”
In a recent poll taken in Ohio, nearly one in six Republicans said Mitt Romney deserved more credit for killing Osama bin Laden than President Obama.
Romney’s point about Israel’s success in controlling health care costs is spot on: Its health care system has seen health care costs grow much slower than other industrialized nations. How it has gotten there, however, may not be to the Republican candidate’s liking: Israel regulates its health care system aggressively, requiring all residents to carry insurance and capping revenue for various parts of the country’s health care system.
If I had a nickle for every time that happened.
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Mitt Romney gives a speech today to just 1,200 people, that could fit the 65,000 seat stadium 54 times over.
An Obama rally held at the same time four years ago drew a few more people.
Mitt Romney’s unfavorability nationwide has risen, and it’s showing in a potential matchup against President Obama. As you can see from the chart above, Romney has seen independent voters nationally move from his camp to Obama’s as the primary race continues and the economy ticks up.