What did you think Mitt Romney was trying to do? Screw up his whole campaign? That goal sits atop the daily to-do list. He hardly needed to go as far as the Middle East to get his head caught in his shirt and turn blue. But when you’re hell-bent on displaying your mastery of foreign policy, it’s as good place to embarrass your country as any.
First Mitt insulted the precious fellow Anglo-Saxons while the whole world were antsy for the Olympics and frankly feeling pretty excited for the Brits. His clever tone-deafness was only surpassed by his timing.
. . presidential candidate Romney had earlier risked incurring the wrath of many Britons by questioning whether the country had what it takes to host an Olympics.
The millionaire Mormon said on Wednesday night there were ‘disconcerting’ signs about whether the nation can handle the event, and called into question the commitment of the British people. . .
Mr Romney, who was praised for his management of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 after earlier organisers were tainted by a bribery scandal, also questioned whether the country was willing to ‘celebrate’ the Games.
The excitable (?) Romney then parlayed clumsy into unstable when he told the whole world about the secret meeting he took with MI6. This proved decisively that he was ready for the big stage, if it’s the Old Globe’s update of Dumb and Dumber. Cheers.
Rocking and rolling, like a listing freighter, he then went to Israel. There he tongue-bathed the country, its people, etc. In drawing a distinction between the awesome prosperous Israelis and their no-good destitute Palestinian neighbors, he hit upon the secret to the Jews’ success:
“And you look at Israel and you say you have a hard time suggesting that all of the natural resources on the land could account for all the accomplishment of the people here . . Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”
The Associated Press did manage to “look out over” a few things and notice:
His comparison of the two economies did not take into account the stifling effect the Israeli occupation has had on the Palestinian economy in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — areas Israel captured in 1967 where the Palestinians hope to establish a state.
In the West Bank, Palestinians have only limited self-rule. Israel controls all border crossings in and out of the territory, and continues to restrict Palestinian trade and movement. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in 1967, but has invested much less heavily there than in Jewish west Jerusalem.
Albeit stupid, rough and insulting, this is Republicanism. America never gets a leg up without one of you losers getting stepped on. It’s just Darwin, fellas, and the people without so much as a sense of humor happen to better than you. So suck it everybody, Mitt thinks he’s having a kick-ass road trip.
I could go on and on about how strange and suicidal this all is, but I just got done reading this morning’s post from right-wing whacko Roger Simon. And what he’s saying sticks in my head.
Mitt Romney should have stayed home
Maybe Mitt Romney should have just stayed in London and watched the dancing horses. . .
In England, Romney didn’t show any particular foreign policy expertise. He did manage to insult his British hosts by criticizing the London Olympics, but that won’t lose him any votes in the United States.
And his campaign did get in one dog whistle, which was so obvious it was more like a dog baying at the moon: A Romney adviser told a British newspaper that Obama was incapable of fully appreciating the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” between the U.S. and Britain. “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special,” one said.
Translation: A black guy just isn’t a member of our club and never will be.
But in Israel, where the local headlines got better, Romney screwed up by turning a pander into a slobber.
This is treason, of course. Read it here.