... Obama’s ... jibe that Romney “shoots first and aims later” hit home. But perhaps the most disturbing thing about this whole incident is that it wasn’t simply a spontaneous gaffe on the part of the G.O.P. candidate. It was debated and thought through. According to the same report in today’s Washington Post, Romney acted on the “unanimous recommendation of his foreign policy and political advisers.”
Think about that for a moment. Sometime on Tuesday evening, presumably, the best minds that Romney has gathered around him, convened by conference call, or offered their thoughts individually, and all of them thought it was a capital idea, solely on the basis of statements from the Embassy in Cairo, to accuse Obama and his Administration of expressing sympathy “with those who waged the attacks.” Not only that, but there’s no suggestion that the following morning—as Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and others were busy paying tribute to Ambassador Stevens—any of these sages thought to call Romney up and persuade him to zip it. ...John Cassidy, New Yorker
Cassidy held out some hope for Mitt Romney early on when (remember back then?) "the best argument for his candidacy was that he had nothing to do with the Bush Administration and could appeal to moderate voters." Now Romney has associated himself with the most scurrilous bottom feeders in the Republican party, from the tea party extremists out there to Beltway smegma -- Wolfowitz, Bolton, Kristol and Gerecht.
As Cassidy says, "Things aren't getting any better for our boy Willard."
NPR had an interesting report this morning on the reason for Obama's "bounce." Nope, not Clinton. Not the convention. The bounce may have come from a relentless barrage of pro-Obama ads, particularly in swing state.
Advertising trackers at Wesleyan found that the Obama campaign and its allies outspent Romney and his allies 2-to-1 in the battleground states. Among them: Ohio, where Obama's polling lead has widened to the point where a Washington Post political columnist is considering moving the state from "toss-up" to "leans Obama." ...NPR
Now wait for Romney to start spending his $169 million on ads. Not to mention Americans for Prosperity, that "social welfare" group.