Not a moment too soon, the Romney-Ryan ticket is focusing on foreign policy with more precision and more frequency. Today CBS aired a new interview with Mitt Romney:
The report’s candid acknowledgment that the White House changed its story on the Libya consulate attack is welcomed. But how exactly can it be both a terrorist attack and not pre-planned or coordinated? Romney can point out that the White House, at the very least, had no idea what it was talking about.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was also speaking out in Ohio on foreign policy:
Romney and Ryan certainly have some evidence at their disposal that Obama’s policies did not engender either affection or respect around the world.
Foreign policy may not rank high with voters when asked about in isolation. But the theme Romney and Ryan are beginning to drill down on — beautiful words, bad results — is an effective one. Rather than force Obama voters to regret their 2008 votes, the message allows voters to say Obama’s performance just didn’t measure up. And it puts Obama on the spot to explain why, given more time, things would be better.
Ryan picked up on that argument in Ohio today, telling a crowd, “Did you guys watch that Packer game last night? I mean — give me a break. It is time to get the real refs. And do you know what, it reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I half think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office. They see the national debt clock staring them in the face. They see a debt crisis, and they just ignore and pretend it didn’t even happen. They’re trying to pick the winners and losers, and they don’t even do that very well.”
In foreign policy, it is hard to make the case that, with Vladimir Putin back in the driver’s seat in Russia, China more aggressive in Asia, “devastating” defense cuts, no bilateral talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, Iran much closer to getting the bomb, 20,00 dead in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood in control in Egypt (with its leader bragging that he waited to defend our embassy), we are better off than we were four years ago. And on this one, Obama has no one to blame (other than Hillary Clinton) but himself.