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Romney’s misfire on the Chen case

It was a classic example of Romney’s “Ready, fire, aim” approach to campaigning against President Obama. Without having the slightest idea of the state of negotiations between Washington and Beijing over Chen’s fate, Romney, keeping his face in the limelight and firing at will, launched his harshest criticism against the administration.

Meanwhile, the president continued the diplomatic route, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton working behind the scenes. The effort culminated in Chen’s arrival in New York during the weekend.

Not to worry, Romney fans. The candidate, demonstrating constantly that when it comes to foreign policy he’s in over his head, is locked and loaded and ready to fire again — aiming be damned — as long as Obama is the target.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.


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