Thursday, August 2, 2012

Canada: What's up with Mitt

The Chronicle Herald

GOODMAN: Romney’s gaffe-o-rama gives 

Team Obama lots of ammo

August 2, 2012 - 4:17am By LEE-ANN GOODMAN The Canadian Press
Mitt Romney must be awfully grateful about the shellacking NBC has been getting this week in the United States over its time-delayed coverage of the London Summer Olympics.

The din of outrage has almost overshadowed one of the worst weeks of his presidential campaign, a trip abroad in which he proceeded to teach a valuable lesson in how NOT to conduct yourself on the international stage while trying to highlight your foreign policy gravitas.

As someone who has watched and reported on Romney for months, I admit to being baffled. Above all else, I thought he was a better, smarter politician. He certainly seemed so when he outsmarted and outperformed his opponents during primary season. On ther other hand, perhaps fending off the likes of Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann wasn’t exactly a herculean accomplishment.

Because who but the biggest town council amateur would raise questions about the preparedness of one of America’s closest allies on the eve of their Summer Olympics? And despite the obvious goal of Romney’s Israel-friendly stances, his remarks about Palestinians were embarrassingly ham-fisted. One liberal Israeli news organization reported that Romney’s speeches in Israel read like they’d been written by Benjamin Netanyahu, the hardliner Israeli prime minister.

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