Mitt Romney broke our deal. Perhaps he didnt know hed made it,although,really,I thought it was pretty clear. He could do anything he wanted during this campaign as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy.
It didnt seem to be a lot to ask,but when the crisis in the Middle East flared up,Romney turned out to have no restraining inner core. All the uneasy feelings you got when he went to London and dissed the Olympic organisers can now come into full bloom. Feel free to worry about anything. That hed declare war on Malta. Lock himself in a nuclear missile silo and refuse to come out until theres a tax cut.
Here is the Republican candidate for president of the United States on Wednesday,explaining why he broke into a moment of rising international tension and denounced the White House as disgraceful for a mild statement made by the American Embassy in Cairo about the importance of respecting other peoples religions:
They clearly they clearly sent mixed messages to the world. And and the statement came from the administration and the embassy is the administration the statement that came from the administration was a was a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a a a severe miscalculation. Feel free to reread this when youre staring at the ceiling at 4am.
This all began on September 11. There were protests in the Middle East,at least some of them involving an anti-Islamic movie,Innocence of Muslims,which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a cowardly,drunken torturer of children and old women.
A man identifying himself as Sam Bacile told The Wall Street Journal that he made it in California with $5 million from more than 100 donors. However,nothing Bacile said about himself seemed to hold up in the light of day.
The film popped up on YouTube dubbed in Arabic,stirring outrage. In response,the American Embassy in Cairo said it deplored the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.
Does that seem all that bad to you,people? It was definitely a film whose only point was to offend people of the Islamic faith. I would also call whoever made it not well-guided.
It isnt clear how the movie,the protests in Egypt and the murders of four American diplomats in Libya fit together. Thats the job of intelligence experts. Were stuck with the task of evaluating Mitt Romney,who went for a cheap attack at a time when any calm,mature adult would have waited and opted for at least a brief show of national unity.
The one advantage to being a boring candidate is that you give the appearance of calm and stability. But,suddenly,Romney seemed to want to go for a piquant mélange of dull and hotheaded. Virtually nobody seemed to think this was all that great a plan. The Romney campaign,according to CNN,helpfully passed out suggestions for supporters who might want to defend Mitt.
But not all that many other Republicans seemed excited about joining in. A few social conservatives did unveil a hitherto-unnoticed passion for the First Amendments guarantee of freedom to make fun of religion. It was disheartening to hear the administration condemn Americans engaging in free speech that hurt the feelings of Muslims, said Senator Jim DeMint.
And,lets see,who else. Donald Rumsfeld tweeted support. Party chairman Reince Priebus chimed in: Obama sympathises with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona said the embassys comment is like the judge telling the woman that got raped,You asked for it because of the way you dressed. Thats the same thing.
On this side: Mitt Romney,a totally disgraced former secretary of defence,a person named Reince Priebus,and a new Republican rape comment.
Two months to go and were rethinking our presumption that the Republican primary voters picked the most stable option.