Romney Shambles Day One: Disconcerting London Gaffes
Romney Shambles Day Two: British Press Pounces
Romney Shambles Day Three: On to Israel
Romney Shambles Day Four: Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran
Romney Shambles Day Five: Poland
Romney Shambles Day Six: Warsaw Speech
Romney Shambles Review
Romney’s stumblebum London debut leaves even supporters distraught
~ Headline in the National Post UK
Romney: "I don't mind that the British call me a banker, but why do they pronounce it with a W?" More: bit.ly/PTihe1
— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) July 28, 2012
The British media were quick to launch into Mitt Romney in the wake of his less-than-complimentary views on London's Olympics.
The Daily Telegraph's Lucy Jones branded him a 'wazzock' (which the Urban Dictionary defines as an idiot or daft person') after the U.S. presidential hopeful questioned Britain's desire to host the Games.
She said: 'Who does Mitt Romney think he is? I feel a glimmer of protectiveness and pride... there's one thing Romney could learn while he's in Britain this week: some manners.'
~ Quoted in the Daily Mail
. . . the British press devour(ed) Mr. Romney like a pile of mushy peas. His campaign was slow and flat-footed in recognizing it had a problem, and unable to improvise a quick response.
Afterward, the campaign said that Mr. Romney had misspoken because he was tired and jet-lagged. “Even the Energizer Bunny needs new batteries once in a while,” said an adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a delicate topic.
~ The New York Times
[London Mayor Boris] Johnson . . . lived up to his reputation as an eccentric, odd fellow. It was unbecoming to attack Governor Romney in that way. There really was no need. But Johnson made it clear in 2008 that his vote would have gone to Obama. . .
. . . What [Romney] gave was the honest assessment of the [Olympic] situation based on his previous experience. Unfortunately in a diplomatic context that's not the sort of thing that should have been coming out of the candidate's mouth. It was bad messaging and media prep. . . .
The trip should have been a straightforward one, he said. ‘You show up, you smile, you do photo ops, you talk about the special relationship, the deep bonds that connect us and then you go home, or in this case on to Israel and Poland. . . .
Unfortunately, it shows that the campaign by solely focussing on jobs has really neglected foreign policy and international affairs . . .
(Calling Labour Leader Milliband "Mr. Leader"). . . The first rule of diplomacy is that when you're in a foreign country you get titles and forms of address correct. . . . It played into some stereotypical impressions of Americans, that they’re ignorant of local concerns, that they don’t get names or titles right. . . .
Governor Romney didn’t do himself any favours. Did he do himself long-term damage? I doubt it. There's a good chance that Cameron may not win re-election, which means for at least half of Romney's term he would have another Prime Minister in there.
~ Unknown Romney Campaign Official quoted in The Daily Mail
You have to shake your head. Gov. Romney went to the London Olympics at invitation of the International Olympic Committee. It was a great opportunity for him to talk about his experiences, look, he stepped away from the leadership of Bain Capital for three years in order to step in and save the floundering Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. I bet there is lots of stories he could be talking about what a wonderful experience that was and how uplifting and inspiring it was. Instead he got stuck making a, somehow or another that the comments the Brits took as insult, and walked it back pretty quickly and walked it back adroitly but nonetheless the damage was done.
~ Republican Strategist Karl Rove via Talking Points Memo
I learned "tickety boo" yesterday from #DannyBoyle. No doubt that Mitt Romney's London adventure didn't go very tickety boo. #RomneyShambles
— SheSheGo (@SheSheGo) July 28, 2012
NPR: Obama Pre-Empts Romney on Israel
Obama's Friday signing of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act, which increases assistance to Israel to defend against missiles and rockets from Iranian-backed extremist groups, gave the president a chance to somewhat pre-empt Romney's trip.
Romney's visit to Israel this weekend is meant to underscore the Republican's campaign message, aimed at Jewish and evangelical Christians voters, that he would be a more loyal ally to Israel than Obama has been.
The legislation signed Friday by Obama passed with unusual speed and bipartisanship in a Congress best known for partisan gridlock. And it gave the president and his Democratic allies something with which to counter anti-Obama efforts by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition — efforts reported this week by The New York Times.
So Mitt Romney is off to Israel next. What could go wrong..? Oh. #MittHitsTheFan #RomneyShambles
— Tim Gatt (@TimGattITV) July 26, 2012
As Romney heads to Israel, new poll shows Jewish Americans favor Obama 68% to 25%bit.ly/P9BFi9
— TheRittenbergReport (@TheRReport) July 28, 2012
I can't wait for Ambassador Mitt Romney to visit Israel & tell them how The Wailing Wall is meshuggeneh.#Romneyshambles
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 27, 2012
RT @cbsjancrawford: Romney aide starts to hang Israeli flag on flight, but decides against it and puts it away. yfrog.com/ocuskllij
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 28, 2012
Right now Mitt Romney is flicking furiously through a copy of 'Israel For Dummies'.
— Richard Chaplin (@RichChappo) July 28, 2012
You know where they also have a national health system? Israel. Hope Romney knows that before he talks to the pesky foreign press there.
— Richard Wolffe (@richardwolffedc) July 28, 2012
We can almost speak in shorthand. We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.
~ Mitt Romney quoted in the New York Times, April 2012
From Vanity Fair on Romney and Netanyahu
Netanyahu is once reported to have said—he now denies it—that he “speaks English with a heavy Republican accent.” “Israel’s current prime minister is not just a friend, he’s an old friend,” Mitt Romney, with whom Netanyahu worked at the Boston Consulting Group in the 1970s, told aipac in March. (Romney, Netanyahu suggests, may have overstated the tie. “I remember him for sure, but I don’t think we had any particular connections,” he tells me. “I knew him and he knew me, I suppose.”)
. . . Netanyahu insists his relationship with Obama is friendlier than it has been portrayed. They are, he tells me, “two people who appreciate the savviness and strength of the other
Mitt Romney Lies About His BFF Bibi
~ Headline on Wonkette
Bibi Tosses Mitt Under the Bus
~ Headline on Mother Jones
President [George W.] Bush urged [deposed Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture, but President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner.
. . . Clearly we're disappointed in seeing Tunisia and Morocco elect Islamist governments. We're very concerned in seeing the new leader in Egypt as an Islamist leader. It is our hope to move these nations toward a more modern view of the world and to not present a threat to their neighbors and to the other nations of the world," he said.
~ Mitt Romney, quoted in gambling mogul and political superpac leader Sheldon Adelson's newspaper Israel Hayom
What's the new hashtag #RomKippur?
~ comment by Lib Dem FoP on Daily Kos
Mitt and Ann Romney literally get a red carpet arrival in Israel twitter.com/MaeveReston/st…— Maeve Reston(@MaeveReston) July 28, 2012
BREAKING: Romney Begins Israeli Visit By Presenting Netanyahu with Honeybaked Ham— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) July 28, 2012
Mitt Romney cuts off press access during his trip to Israel as if it's the press' fault that he says ignorant things.— Akiko Ⓥ (@Autumnchild68) July 28, 2012
Press will be barred from the Monday-morning event at the King David hotel, a Romney campaign aide said, a break with the campaign’s protocol of allowing a small contingent of press to cover finance events in public locales such as hotels.
The Jerusalem fundraiser is expected to draw generous donors living in both the U.S. and Israel, including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who recently gave $10 million to the super PAC that supports Mr. Romney.
~ Wall Street Journal
Romney bars media from a fundraiser in Israel. Apparently, a free press is one aspect of American exceptionalism Mitt takes exception to.— Victor Laszlo(@Impolitics) July 28, 2012
It's on, Romney press corp. He locked you out. Show him a President cannot conduct himself in an opaque manner. Demand some answers.— Semishark (@Semishark) July 28, 2012
Is it because Sheldon Adelson, the SuperPac King, will be among the guests?bit.ly/Qwvh69— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 28, 2012
I get Romney's press blackout in Israel. Republicans here at home are still a little uneasy seeing so many Jews at once.— ben schwartz (@benschwartzy) July 28, 2012
Hey CNN, will you be reporting on Romney's press blackout?— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) July 28, 2012
Best way 2 get back in control of narrative? Drag press corps 1/2 way around the world+change the coverage rules. Not.ti.me/N41m48— Mark Halperin (@Markhalperin) July 28, 2012
Even @Markhalperin is pissed off at Romney for blocking press access in Israel. Boy, when your lapdogs are whining, you know it’s bad.— Kari Hope (@TyJuanOn) July 28, 2012
Basically, Romney is betting that the negative coverage from shutting out the press will still be better than coverage of the fundraiser.— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) July 28, 2012
Though there have been a few occasions when the campaign has tried to limit access — citing an especially small venue or the fact that Mr. Romney was not giving formal remarks — this is the first time that a public fund-raiser has been closed without any explanation.
Mr. Romney’s high-dollar event in London on Thursday, held at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, was open to a press pool.
. . . “Closed press, closed press, closed press,” a Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said when asked for a comment or explanation.
~ The New York Times
Why am I banning press from this fundraiser? wapo.st/O9jOJqIt's because I don't want be called the Israeli version of "wanker"— MittExplainsItAll (@NotSarahPalin1) July 29, 2012
Nothing to see here, folks; move along... wapo.st/MT7opQ— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 28, 2012
The campaign’s decision to close the fundraiser to the press violates the ground rules it negotiated with news organizations in April, when Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination and began opening some of his finance events to the news media.
Under the agreement, a pool of wire, print and television reporters can cover every Romney fundraiser held in public venues, including hotels and country clubs. The campaign does not allow media coverage of fundraisers held in private residences.
Campaign spokesman Rick Gorka declined to explain the campaign’s decision to violate protocol with the Jerusalem event. Pressed repeatedly by reporters to offer an explanation, Gorka said only that the fundraiser was “closed press.”
“That’s all I’ve got for you — it’s closed press,” Gorka said.
~ The Washington Post
Romney has asked the media not to ask him about: his taxes, his offshore money, Mass. record, draft dodging, the Mormons, or his Platform.— mike forte (@oscalope) July 28, 2012
If Romney's afraid of the media, how can we expect him to stand up to China? washingtonpost.com/blogs/election…— Blue Texan (@BlueTexanTweets) July 29, 2012