And she’s exactly correct. On CBS This Morning, progressive activist Arianna Huffington slammed the Obama re-election campaign for questioning whether Mitt Romney would have made the call to take out Osama bin Laden, and equated it with Hillary Clinton’s “3 AM call” ad in 2008:
“I don’t think there should be an ad about that,” Huffington said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it’s one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”
She added, “It’s the same thing Hillary Clinton did with the 3 a.m. call. ‘You’re not ready to be commander-in-chief.’ It’s also what makes politicians and political leaders act irrationally when it comes to matters of war because they’re so afraid to be called wimps, that they make decisions, which are incredible destructive for the country. I’m sure the president would not have escalated in Afghanistan if he was not as concerned, as Democrats are, that Republicans are going to use not escalating against him in a campaign.”
Panelist Gayle King challenged Huffington over whether Obama is allowed to tout his accomplishments, but Huffington replied that Obama and his team did something very different in this ad:
“So in a campaign, aren’t you supposed to tout your accomplishments of what you’ve done,” Gayle King asked.
Huffington replied, “That’s not just what the ad does. What the ad does is questions. … (The ad) quotes a snippet from Romney and uses that to imply that Romney would not has been as decisive. There’s no way to know whether Romney would have been as decisive. To actually speculate that he wouldn’t be is, to me, not the way to run a campaign, on either side.”
Exactly correct. Obama would be on firm ground to highlight that victory in the war on terror, as he does in his tedious “Forward” campaign video. Implying that Romney would have let Osama bin Laden go under those circumstances is, as Huffington says, despicable.