It was a busy week, but what events will have staying power? A number of readers chose the “47 percent tape.” Sold2u writes: “The 47% tape, not because it was all that politically damaging — I suspect most people consider themselves part of the 53%, regardless of whether they actually are — but because Romney’s message was unable to cut through the media din for a week. It is getting close enough to the election that he cannot afford to waste time on things like that.”
Jeffreyt211 takes a different angle, saying the tape “verifies what I have posted about Romney. He is the Republican’s leading member of the Entitled Elite. His comments show that he believes that profit is the definition of success and those who are profiting are entitled not only to claim all the benefits of society but carry none of the burdens.”
Alexdfolet argued the biggest event of the week was “actually . . . a non-event. Mitt Romney’s continued refusal to release 12 years of tax returns, as his father did, and as all the other candidates have done.” (Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) actually released only two years.)
Sam Karr makes a convincing case: “It may not have much of an effect on the election, but the biggest news to come out of this week was the new report from Gallup about how little Americans trust the MSM. Now up to 60% have absolutely zero or little confidence in what they hear and see in the news. With the media’s coverup of the Obama administration’s failure to prevent the terrorist attacks on our embassies, and the lies the administration is telling in the aftermath, it’s no wonder that we’re losing faith.”
On this one, those who have their eye on foreign policy may have it right. Tinymont writes, in part, that “the administration’s embassy narrative continues to unravel. The story has picked up fresh momentum with CNN’s admission that it obtained Ambassador Stevens’ personal journal revealing his worries about security threats and a “rise in Islamic extremism. In light of this, Obama’s failure to properly secure the embassy, or move the ambassador to a safe, secure location, seems even more egregious. And the State Dept’s attack on CNN [for using Stevens’ diary] smells like political desperation.”
By Sunday, David Axelrod was having a tough time explaining the administration’s mixed messages. The attacks on our Benghazi consulate and four dead Americans are not likely to be regarded by voters as a “bump in the road,” as the president described it.
Moreover, given the fear that Bill Clinton would, as a foreign policy hawk put it, “cut off his kneecaps” if he tried to blame Hillary Clinton for the debacle, Obama may find himself unprotected from accusations that his grandiose foreign policy has been a flop.