Mitt Romney has shown himself up again as an oportunistic political hack who desperately grasps at any perceived straw when he sees himself drowning under a negative poll surge.
His lack of gravity and dedication to facts came shining threw again in the last two days. True to form, when his error became apparent, he doubled down rather than apologize for his hasty errors.
President Obama summed it up very well: "'There's a broader lesson to be learned here,' he said during a "60 Minutes" interview. 'And I think -- you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that. That, you know, it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you've thought through the ramifications before you make 'em.' Asked if Romney's criticisms were irresponsible, Obama replied, 'I'll let the American people judge that.' So yes, yes they were." [CBS News]
Buzzfeed had this to say: "Mitt Romney's sharply-worded attack on President Obama over a pair of deadly riots in Muslim countries last night has backfired badly among foreign policy hands of both parties, who cast it as hasty and off-key, released before the facts were clear at what has become a moment of tragedy...'They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it's just completely blown up,' said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an 'utter disaster' and a 'Lehman moment' -- a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader."
Even I, with very little political savvy, could tell that McCain was only grandstanding when he interupted his campaign and rushed back to Washington so he could be an ineffectual bystander in that part of the financial crisis. Romney has demonstrated the same kind of opportunism and lack of judgment.
It's easy to lead if you are the rampaging predatory executive of Bain capital who can destroy companies and jobs and walk off with millions in persion funds and a manifold amount of other pirated booty. It's not hard at all to assert yourself bombastically as a leader in an authoritarian cult.
It's an entirely different matter to lead a democratic republic and Mitt Romney has amply demonstrated that he has neither the character nor the skill to handle the job.