GOP senators struggle to list Romney’s qualifications to be commander-in-chief. Al Franken: "I gotta hear this."

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My Twitter buddy Josh Rogin wrote a great piece for ForeignPolicy.com, and it's chock full o' fun. He describes his interviews with a few Republican senators and how they are looking for the best way to explain their candidate's credentials to be commander-in-chief, and failing miserably:

The answers ranged from the fact that he led the state national guard as governor of Massachusetts to his extensive travel abroad to his two years as a missionary in France and his all-around management ability.

No seriously, they did. Josh isn't kidding. Those are the straws at which Republicans are grasping, listing his time as a missionary in France as a bona fide credential. Oui, la France!

The missionaries said Romney spent most of his time in France in a Paris mansion that some described as a “palace.” It featured a cook, a servant, stained glass windows and expensive art, and later became an embassy.

If that's all it takes, I'm qualified to be commander in chief, too, if you consider an average hotel, no servants, and no hoity toity amenities equivalent to a fancy schmancy palace with a private staff.

But back to Josh's piece. You "gotta hear this":

When The Cable asked that question to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the elevator, who was standing alongside Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Franken started laughing and said, "I gotta hear this." Johnson is in charge of coordinating policy and messaging between the GOP Senate caucus and the Romney campaign. Johnson took a deep breath, thought about the question for another second, and then replied.

"Listen, he's certainly traveled the world in business, which is good," Johnson said, before another long pause.  He then pivoted to the economy. "Mitt Romney understands that if you are going to have strong national security you have to have good economic security and it starts there," Johnson said.

Wait. So if you go on business trips in other countries, you'd make a suitable commander in chief? That qualifies my insurance rep, the choir teacher at the high school where I used to be employed, and my best friend who was a show girl in Japan.

 

Johnson said... "You rely on a strong foreign-policy team and that's what he'd do as well."

Senate Armed Services Committee member John Cornyn (R-TX) said that Romney will depend on those around him to manage national security and foreign policy.

Well, then, that answers that. He'll outsource his decisions.

Now about those tax returns...

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willard-D-Russell/1284685385 Willard D Russell

    Romney has connected his campaign to birther Trump, and insane Bachmann.
    Hate to tell you Mitt, but wanting to be the leader of the master race never turns out good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000005995175 Edward Michael Stoddard

    Romney continues to prove that he is still just a bully masquerading as an adult.

  • Superabound

     Der Fuhrer Grover Norquist said it best himself: "All we have to do is replace Obama. ...  We are not auditioning for
    fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction
    to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We
    just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think
    it up or design it."

    They dont want someone with experience. They dont want someone with strong leadership abilities,  or foreign policy skills, or economic know-how. They want a hollow suit that will do as hes told by The Powers That Be and sign whatever garbage ALEC slides under his nose. They want a puppet, and Romney is the perfect puppet.

  • ORAXX

    It's unlikely that any president since Eisenhower knew more about the military
    than Jimmy Carter, and the right wing hated Carter like no one else.  (They
    hated George Marshall as well.)   Carter was a graduate of the Naval Academy, a
    protegee' of Hyman Rickover, and served several years as a professional military
    officer. The military-industrial complex didn't love the coming of Ronald Reagan for his in depth knowledge of military matters.  They loved him the way a spoiled child loves an
    indulgent parent and, they are salivating at the prospect of a Romney presidency
    for the same reason.

  • labman57

    1) He's a rich white dude who wants to protect the financial interests of other rich white dudes.
    2) ... there is no number 2

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    "So if you go on business trips in other countries, you’d make a suitable commander in chief? That qualifies my insurance rep, the choir teacher at the high school where I used to be employed, and my best friend who was a show girl in Japan."

    And that, Laffy, is precisely why you'll see them in Willard's Cabinet. :)

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    Senate Armed Services Committee member John Cornyn (R-TX) said that Romney will depend on those around him to manage national security and foreign policy.

    It's funny how President Obama does the same thing -- and gets labeled as "out of touch" and "in over his head" . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1520873501 Jack Boardman

    LOVE Senator Franken! '...When The Cable asked that question to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the elevator, who was standing alongside Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Franken started laughing and said, “I gotta hear this.'