And low-information voters pushed this horse’s beHIND back into office, so John Hayward’s article tastes truly bittersweet to me.
THE VINDICATION OF MITT ROMNEY
Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney was right about an awful lot of things, including some things he was roundly criticized for saying during the presidential campaign. The most grimly humorous example was his comment about Jeep production moving to China – hilariously rated “Lie of the Year” by Politifact, which ignored a blizzard of absolute bull from Barack Obama to bestow the honor.
… Insurgents were sweeping through the desert and scooping up the American-trained commanders of elite army units last year? Why didn’t somebody mention Mali during the presidential debates? Why, as a matter of fact, somebody did… and he was roundly mocked for it by Obama supporters, although not in France. From a contemporaneous report in the New Yorker:
Une petite note on last night’s foreign-policy debate: Mitt Romney’s mini-seminar on Mali, largely overlooked by Americans, drew notice in France. Bob Schieffer’s first question to the candidates concerned American policy in the Middle East, “the new face of terrorism,” and what happened in Libya: “I’d like to hear each of your thoughts on that.” Romney went first. His answer: “This is obviously an area of great concern to the entire world and to America in particular, which is to see a compete change in the structure and the environment in the Middle East. With the Arab Spring came a great hope that there would be a change toward moderation … but instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.” He mentioned Syria. He mentioned Libya. He mentioned Mali—northern Mali, in particular. He concluded, “What we’re seeing is a pretty dramatic reversal in the kind of hopes we had for that region.”
No, no, no, we were told! It’s crazy to question Barack Obama’s dazzling foreign policy triumphs! He killed Osama bin Laden, didn’t he? Why was this strange Romney fellow bringing up some obscure country called “Mali,” and mentioning it in the same breath as Syria and Libya? Low-information voters couldn’t even understand why Romney was so upset about those four “bumps in the road” in Libya. They certainly didn’t want to hear about the bumpy road to Mali, and who can blame them? It would be almost three whole months before we found ourselves supporting our ally France in a shooting war over there.