Mary Katharine and Krauthammer on Romney’s Olympics comments: What was he thinking?

posted at 9:02 pm on July 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite. MK was planning to write about this but I got to the story first, so I want to make sure she has her say on the front page too. Here she is on “Special Report,” in sync with the other ‘Hammer in mystification at Mitt’s strategy. How did it come to pass that a candidate famous — infamous, even — for being cautious and scripted decided to venture a little candid criticism of his host country on a goodwill tour? So fixed is the narrative of a Romney foreign gaffe-o-rama now that the dumb lefty British press is straining to find screw-ups even where they don’t exist. Ah well. His trip to Israel will be even easier than this one. No one can mess that up. I think.

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin? After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they’ve spent the past seven years preparing.


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What was he thinking?

Oh, gee….I don’t know. Maybe he was thinking about the safety of all those that will be in attendance? If I were going to be at the games, and if there was evidence that the Brits may not have a grip on the security aspect, you d@mn well know I would be grateful that someone might be trying to get them to pick up the slack. Romney may very well have some genuine concern about the matter and saw some red flags. But by all means CK…he should have bobbed and weaved and pandered and remained “diplomatic”? Uuuuhh, no.

lynncgb on July 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Does it matter what he says? The corrupt media will attack anyway, while covering for the fool in the WH.

arand on July 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

This wouldn’t have happened if the “special relationship” hadn’t been so damaged in the past few years. They’re still upset about that Churchill bust fiasco.

RSbrewer on July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Mitt speaks truth to power.

Akzed on July 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

“You know it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” Romney said in an interview with NBC News. “There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

So… was he not supposed to voice such concerns, or was he wrong even to have them? We were reading about these issues for days.

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,” the prime minister said. “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” -PM Cameron, referring to Utah.

I guess he’s saying it was foolish to try hold the Olympics in London.

Akzed on July 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I think Romney’s ego got in the way of diplomacy. Did he really think the UK was going to ask him to save the day? I’m not sure what he’s doing there anyway. Every candidate learns the hard way when they are on foreign soil, so I’m sure all the former Presidents are chuckling right about now. This particular issue will be forgotten by November, however, he might want to stay on teleprompter for the rest of the trip and not do too many interviews.

He’s going to need some firsthand foreign policy experience in order to come off knowledgeable in the debates, which he didn’t accomplish in the primary debates. The incumbent always has the upper hand in that area, and I’m sure Obama is paying close attention to this trip, as well as communicating with his political allies like Cameron.

lea on July 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I think Romney’s ego got in the way of diplomacy. Did he really think the UK was going to ask him to save the day? I’m not sure what he’s doing there anyway.

No ego, just a candid and honest assessment from his point of view from the perspective of one who had first-hand experience in managing the Utah Olympic Games in “the middle of nowhere” (Many Utes may object to that description.) And that’s what I want from our next Commander in Chief – Honesty.

As to why he’s there? Let’s just say its a preview familiarization tour for a possible new president. Hands on foreign relations so he doesn’t go into the office cold, should he win.

hawkeye54 on July 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Hey at least he didn’t make fun of the brits notoriously bad teeth :D. There’s still time.

Buttercup on July 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Both are RINO tools. I could care less what their collective opinion is.

Mr. Arrogant on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Any day now Obama buys off Mitt with an offer to run the 2016 Chicago Olympics.

Oh Waiiii…..

Marcola on July 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Maybe CNN will swing right and give fox some competition.. hmm.. sounds like a Twilight Zone episode in the making

The Mitt is well qualified to make those assertions. go find a rat hole and pound sand in it.

jomondo44 on July 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

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