Thursday, September 13, 2012

Did Election Season really just end before a single debate?

By Nathan Rothwell

Fuck it. I'm just gonna vote for Hypnotoad.
I was already planning to write a piece on how the Romney campaign had become so desperate following the big party conventions, they were literally heaving Hail Marys. Hoping to seize on the debacle at the DNC where the word "god" was removed from the party platform and then reinserted, Romney seemed to bizarrely suggest that the word might also disappear from our coins if he's not elected, saying "I will not take God out of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart."

And even though Romney pledged to refrain from politics for a day to honor the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, his unofficial surrogates over at Fox & Friends kept up the motif by attacking Obama for not including the word "god" in his proclamation commemorating the solemn anniversary. To provide a little context, President Bush also did not use the word in any of his similar proclamations in 2006, 2007, or 2008. This of course was met with silence from Fox News, so it's really hard for the champions of "Fair and Balanced" to wash off the stink of selective outrage in this case.

From the moment Republicans decided to center their convention around a quote from the President that was deliberately and almost gleefully taken out of context, it had become painfully clear that the Romney/Ryan ticket was growing desperate. Their further attempts to paint Romney as a man of piety and President Obama as a godless socialist moved them into almost comical desperation. But with Romney's mindless criticism of Obama following the tragic attacks on the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt yesterday, the campaign may have very well driven off the proverbial cliff, and all before a single presidential debate could even take place.

In attacking the president over a statement issued by the embassy in Cairo that was in fact released without approval from the White House and before any violence had yet occurred, Mr. Romney has earned the scorn of Republicans, Democrats, bloggers (including yours truly), and even the Associated Press. Does Romney even care? Probably not. He exploited the deaths of four good people, in service of their country, as an opportunity to double down on his deliberately false claim that Obama likes to "apologize" for America overseas. And he's had no trouble keeping his blinders up in the face of intense criticism thus far, soldiering on in his private war against facts and proper sequencing of events.

While Romney claimed that the Obama Administration's first response to the attacks was unpresidential, it is in fact his own first response that makes him look completely unfit for the presidency. Many Obama supporters had been excitedly anticipating the October debates, where the president could finally face off one-on-one with Romney and dash his presidential hopes once and for all. But with such a disgraceful and dishonest attack, on September 11 no less, after he'd promised not to engage in such scumbaggery for a day? Romney may have sealed his fate well ahead of debate season.

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