Mitt Romney’s low profile before GOP convention, Romney’s birth certificate joke and more [AM Briefing]

Mitt Romney’s low profile leading up to the Republican National Convention: “In the two days before the start of his big convention, Mitt Romney stepped in and out of his sport utility vehicle six times. He publicly uttered nine sentences. And he apparently interacted with no voters.” (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney arriving at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. (Washington Post)

After Mitt Romney’s birth certificate joke, Dems play the race card: “But I think both the cynical and the sincere race-obsessives fail to fully appreciate the damage they’re doing to their own cause. In 2008, the hope for many was that Obama would transcend race, moving the nation beyond the exhausting topic. Instead of a post-racial politics, our politics are saturated with ridiculous charges of racism. “No drama Obama” is instead a source of constant drama, often hyped in the most ludicrous ways,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (LA Times)

Romney adviser: We haven’t had ‘a big conversation’ about diplomatic efforts to end Iran nuclear crisis. (ThinkProgress)

Obama’s callow, cruel reaction to Syrian massacres: “Eighteen months into the Syrian slaughter, Obama finally happened on a barbarism he would not countenance. Fighter jets and helicopter gunships had been pounding the city of Aleppo, and the dictator had made it clear that the cruelty meted out to Homs could be Aleppo’s fate, as well. Massacres had become the rule of the day, more than two dozen torture centers had turned Syria into a hellish land, and now finally a red line had been drawn. Assad “hasn’t gotten the message,” Obama says. But the truth is that the Syrian ruler some months back concluded that he could kill with abandon, and that powers beyond wouldn’t come to the rescue of the Syrian people,” writes Hoover’s Fouad Ajami. (Bloomberg)

“Their reaction to last week’s court ruling against the MTA’s payroll tax makes you wonder why we have state Republicans. Why are these supposed conservatives relying on one rogue judge to solve problems that elected lawmakers must solve themselves? . . . Whether or not you like the payroll tax, the state approved it through the magic of democracy, writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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