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Mitt Romney smirks after attacking President Obama over the Libya attacks
Romney won't be smirking for long.
Mitt Romney's disgraceful statement and his despicable performance in response to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and four other Americans in Benghazi hasn't totally alienated him from society, just from civilized society.

Here's his cheerleading squad, so far. The half-governor from Alaska, who really doesn't need to be quoted here. It's enough to know that Sarah Palin is standing by Mitt. So is the only politician who might actually be more self-serving and opportunistic than Romney, Newt Gingrich, who says that Romney as president would be "enraged" and "offended" by both the Egyptian and Libyan responses to the attack. Because what a president wants to do in the middle of a foreign policy crisis is make the situation worse with the governments in question. Oh, and Rep. Allen West is on Romney's side too, not in defending Romney per se, but in finding this an excellent time to attack the president. That right there should be enough to make the Romney camp reconsider this line of attack, but hey, this is the candidate who embraces Rep. Steve King, so they aren't going to be scared off by West.

Of course, RNC lighweight chair PeeWee Herman Reince Preibus immediately jumped on Romney's attack of the U.S. government, and in fact doubled down on it, tweeting, "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt." And Romney will never be alone as long as Washington Post embarrassment Jennifer Rubin is alive and kicking. She insists that people like Bill Kristol, legacy neoconservative, are rallying to Romney's side. Well, sort of in the case of Kristol.

One can question the timing and tone of Mitt Romney’s statement last night. One can note he wasn't as fluent and clear as he might have been at his press conference this morning. Still, the fact remains that the events of September 11, 2012, represent a big moment for the country. Romney is right to sense this, and to seize on this moment as an occasion to explain the difference between his foreign policy and President Obama’s. He’s right to reject the counsel of the mainstream media, which is to keep quiet and give President Obama a pass.
In other words, Romney isn't necessarily right in his statement, but he was right to attack the president during a crisis. Patriotism!

So who are the Republicans not on the Romney bandwagon? Here's one:

Peggy Noonan: "I don't feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors in the past few hours."

@CPHeinze via web

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice ignores him entirely with a gracious statement, including thoughts of Ambassador Chris Stevens, "a wonderful officer and a terrific diplomat who was dedicated to the cause of freedom." Republican congressional leadership has also been muted and responsible in their responses, none of them—Paul Ryan included—even referencing Romney's action, or using the attacks as an opportunity to attack the administration. House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed their sympathy for the families and their resolve for unity, with McConnell saying, “We honor the Americans we lost in Libya and we will stand united in our response.”

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain was actually quite classy.

Just watched an excellent and moving stmt by Sec. Clinton- just the right message and tone.
@SenJohnMcCain via web
Some fine company Mitt's got for himself on this one. But at least he's still got his biggest fan.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM PDT.

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