Today, the Washington Post says that Mitt Romney “had the worst week in Washington.” Why, pray tell, did Romney have a worse week than President Obama, whose Department of Justice was implicated in the Fast and Furious scandal and coverup, and was linked to far-left Media Matters in targeting conservative commentators; whose Secretary of Health and Human Services was ensnared in a Hatch Act violation; whose Secretary of State was embroiled in controversy about a cover-up over the murder of our ambassador to Libya; who was himself enmeshed in controversy about snubbing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tweet pictures with pirates and hang with David Letterman; who spent the week bashing a YouTube filmmaker and cutting ads apologizing for the First Amendment to Pakistani Islamists; whose economic news was borderline disastrous?
Well, says Chris Cillizza of the Post, Romney stumbled by putting out an email defending recent polling data. Then he followed up that stunner by bashing President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
Cillizza has to lie about Romney’s actions this week in order to achieve the “Mitt Lost The Week” result. He says:
Romney blasted the Obama administration for a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that, the Republican nominee argued, amounted to America apologizing to the rest of the world. The statement, which condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” was issued before protesters stormed the embassy, not afterward. The Obama administration distanced itself from the statement, insisting it didn’t approve of its release.
This is hogwash. The Cairo embassy doubled down on its apology tweet after the embassy was stormed. The Obama administration sent an unnamed official to Politico to leak a disassociation. The State Department, however, officially doubled down on the apology.
If Mitt Romney lost the last week, there is one reason and one reason only: people like Cillizza, who flack for the president at every possible opportunity. This president had the worst foreign and domestic policy week since the American embassy in Iran was stormed some three decades ago. But Romney said some stuff that was factually correct. Clearly Romney has to start living by Chris Cillizza’s standards: govern like a nincompoop, and lie to the country routinely, as President Obama does, and you’ll get off scot-free.