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Is Eric Cantor doing his best Chuck Hagel impression?

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) tweeted this out from last night’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee: @GOPLeader “To all of our Christian brothers and sisters who are with us, we salute you and we thank you for standing with Israel #aipac2013.”

The tweet jumped off the page because it is suggesting quite explicitly that Jewish Americans have a greater or more intrinsic interest in the fate of Israel than other Americans do.  To some extent, it was a grand conflating of Israel and Judaism by America’s top Jewish elected official.

Meanwhile, a few short weeks ago, what seemed like the entirety of the GOP was in an outcry over Chuck Hagel’s comment in a 2006 interview that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.” Hagel apologized, saying that he should have said “pro-Israel lobby,” and pointed out that this was the only time he had used the “pro-Jewish” wording.  Hagel also walked back the rest of the comment, saying that he should have said “influences” rather than “intimidates.”  Here's a short Washington Post piece on the Hagel comments.

It’s hard to know exactly how much of the GOP outrage was genuine and how much was part of its failed attempt to trump up an argument against Hagel’s candidacy.  But an underlying issue was that Israel and the Jewish religion were two separate things, and that suggesting anything else (or using a phrase once in your life that could have been construed as such) was anti-Semitic. 

But it seems like Cantor did exactly the same thing last night.  Looking forward to the calls for an apology from his fellow Republicans.

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Mitt Romney has no "grasp on even basic foreign policy stuff.” Nor does his son, it seems.

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Remember when the GOP went ballistic after this "hot mic" Obama moment?

Here are a few reactions that blew in from the right:

Tammy Bruce: Obama’s comments to Russia’s Medvedev simply confirm what we already know about this bastard. And it’s not just on missile defense, but on every issue relevant to the quality of our lives.

John Boehner: "I and other members of the House have previously expressed concern about your administration's apparent willingness to make unilateral concessions to Russia that undermine our missile defense capabilities... Your comments reinforce those words... That has significant implications for the security of our homeland, sends a terrible signal to our allies around the world and calls into question the effectiveness of your `reset' policy with the Russian government."

John McCain: The president was "playing fast and loose with national security."

Now here's what Mitt Romney’s son Matt said while traveling to Moscow for business, to allay any "concerns the Russian government had about his father’s harsh stance on Russia":

But while in Moscow, Mr. Romney told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages to Mr. Putin that despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations if he becomes president, according to a person informed about the conversation.

Shorter version: Number one geopolitical foe? You? My dad said that? MY dad? Kidding!

I'm waiting for the GOP to accuse Matt of "playing fast and loose with national security." I'm not holding my breath.

Here's what Romneyette accomplished: He managed to signal to the Russian government that his dad is a flip-flopping liar who doesn't mean what he says about them to the American people, but trust him, he'll be President Congeniality once in office, and all those provocative things he said were just silly campaign talk. Don't believe anything he said then, only what he says now, or in a minute, or in an hour, or a day, or in January... or... um...

"Of COURSE" Willard's cooler and savvier than he looks on the Tee Vee Machine.

Here's why Matt felt the need to clean up Daddy Dearest's mess:

Romney harrumphed his indignation about how President Obama should be "willing to tell the American people before the election" just what his policies would be. Gee, that's not the least bit hypocritical.

Here's how Dmitry Medvedev responded:

And while we're on the subject, we all remember the Romney terrible, horrible, no good, very bad overseas gaffe-athon, right? Now add that to the Russian blurt, plus this dash of the latest Italian backlash to his ineptitude, via HuffPo:

Italians reacted ferociously after local news agencies reported that Romney used the country as a negative example for what America's economy could become if it continues on its current trajectory.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Roanoke, Virginia, Romney reportedly asked the audience:

If you're an entrepreneur and you're thinking of starting up a business, you need to ask yourself: Is America on the same road as Greece? Are we on the path to an economic crisis like that we're seeing in Europe, in Italy and Spain?

[...]

Osvaldo Napoli, deputy for the center-right party, accused the Republican candidate of lacking experience in governing. "Romney has no appropriate knowledge of the situation in Europe. Any comparison between the American situation and ours is a primary error from someone who never ruled before,”he reportedly said.

The L.A. Times is reporting that seven Europe nations don't look kindly on Mitt, but President Obama is still very popular:

A survey of seven European nations, including longtime U.S. allies Britain and France, has found that Obama would win more than 90% of the vote if the respondents could cast ballots in Tuesday’s race. The survey was conducted by YouGov, a respected British-based polling organization that has also tracked Obama’s and Romney’s numbers within the U.S. [...]

The poll, which covered Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, found that Romney failed to garner more than 10% support in any of those countries. In Sweden and Denmark, the former Massachusetts governor fared even worse: Only 1 in 20 people named him as their choice.[...]

In fact, many in Europe are often puzzled as to why the race between Obama and Romney is so tight.

Romney “has yet to make much of an impression on Europeans,” [Joe Twyman, YouGov’s director of political and social research] said...  "Every modern president must also show that they can be an effective operator in the international arena... That includes being seen favorably by people in other countries."

Ouch.

And let's not forget Romney’s top advisers saying “He just doesn’t seem that interested…They have no idea what he’d do about foreign policy.” (Note: The blog headline quote is from that post.)

So much for a Commander in Chief Romney on foreign policy, national security, international confidence, and his ability to play well with others.

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VIDEO: Best 30 seconds on Mitt Romney's Massachusetts taxes and fees EVER

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This is awesome on so many levels:

And it gives everyone even more motivation to do this:

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VIDEO- Michele Bachmann: "Obama is wealthy. What does he understand about the common man right now?"

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Via.

"President Obama is extremely wealthy. He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that’s really the issue. Obama is wealthy, what do, or — what does he understand about the common man right now? And I think what people care about is not hating someone for what their assets are — the American people don’t hate President Obama because he’s a very wealthy individual."

Seriously, Michele? You're that jaw-droppingly hypocritical?

Rhetorical.

I am at a total loss for words. Andy Marquis, who sent me this, is too.

Does this poor excuse for an elected official even know who her own candidates are? Psst! They're both wealthy.

Has she gotten wind of that whole "tax returns" thing? Bain Capital ring a bell? Cayman Islands sound familiar? Two Cadillacs for the missus? Multiple mansions? "You people"? Hello?

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2002 VIDEO: Hypocrite Paul Ryan supported economic stimulus under Bush

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2002:

2012:

More at Think Progress.

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VIDEO: #RomneyShambles

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#RomneyShambles indeed.

hits Willard Romney's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad London gaffe-athon.

A glimpse into Romney diplomacy, such as it is.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad British gaffe-athon

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Via The Daily Mail

UPDATE: VIDEO: London mayor mocks Mitt Romney in front of 1000s, plus UK Daily Mail tweets: “Worse than Sarah Palin… Total car crash.

I woke up to so many Willard Romney blunders today that it's hard to keep up. Being out here on the west coast has its disadvantages, and being three hours behind on all the bullshMitt is one of them.

I'll list and link you to the stories, but start by posing this question to those on-the-fence American voters: Is this someone you'd want in the White House and trust to handle everything from foreign affairs to domestic crises?

  • Here are the local headlines the Republican presidential candidate woke up to: “Mitt Romney casts doubt on London 2012 preparations” (The Times of London) and “Mitt Romney questions whether Britain is ready for Games” (The Daily Telegraph). Both British papers picked up on Romney’s assertion in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams yesterday that the last-minute security issues surrounding the Olympic Games were “disconcerting.” (video above)
  • The Republican presidential candidate told TV viewers in America that it was hard to know 'just how well it ...will turn out'
  • Following the controversy he appeared to change his tune telling the media earlier today 'it's going to be a wonderful 17 days'
  • The American also appeared to forget Ed Miliband's name, referring to him as Mr Leader: "However, during a meeting with Mr Miliband at Westminster, the American made another gaffe as he seemingly didn't know who the Labour party chief was and instead addressed him as 'Mr Leader'."

Whew! And it's only been a couple of days! Stay tuned....

ADDED, via Sully: Mitt said, "The Nation Of Great Britain":

That was Romney's phrase. No such nation exists. The nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all nations under the United Kingdom (since 1800).

Remember: Little things like national security and diplomacy are kind of important if you're running for president. Willard isn't exactly inspiring confidence.

Then there was this:

BBC News: "To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed, knowing that athletes will be carrying out their activities almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment," said Mr Romney.

The Guardian responds:

Firstly, in Britain, "backside" means "ass". As in the part of the body. Secondly, "10 Downing Street" is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as "the White House" can say things or have opinions.

We can only imagine the things he'll say in Poland.

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