Cognitive Dissonance

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The Lost Soul Of Mitt Romney

Rick Unger writes on Forbes:

While the Romney campaign chose to turn yesterday’s events in Cairo and Benghazi into a political opportunity by criticizing the Obama Administration for a statement issued by our embassy in Cairo earlier in the day (more on that in a moment), a check of Twitter and other communications sources reveals that, as of the time of publication of this piece, Governor Romney has not yet seen fit to so much as express his condolences to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in service to their country. Now, if I’ve somehow missed Romney’s issuance of condolences, I’m sure that there are many readers who will gladly point this out. I, in turn, will be more than willing to correct the record if this is the case—however a close search of all sources reveals that no such statement has been forthcoming from the Romney camp.

The Romney condemnation—issued prior to official confirmation of Ambassador Steven’s death—stated, “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

These words were uttered at the time when the families of our fellow countrymen were being notified of the terrible fate that had befallen their loved ones.

Is this really how leadership works?

A leader waits until all the facts are available and the impact of one’s words can be more fully assessed…

It’s amazing to watch this fall apart for Romney. Usually, he waits for the GOP to make some kind of cohesive statement with which he can fall in line. No such waiting here — Romney leapt forward, ahead of the facts, and flat onto his face. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite snowbilly troll, Sarah Palin, found time to work a dick joke into her statement on Facebook. Unfortunately, with her busy schedule, there was not enough time to give condolences.

Keep it classy, Sarah.

What happened in Libya and Egypt is terrible. Violence against anyone — American or not — is horrific, and it is heartbreaking that those killed were attempting to broker peace. Note to Romney and Palin: We still don’t know all the facts.

I offer my condolences to those affected by these attacks. Further, I hope the families of those killed can be spared further sneers from Romney and jokes about the president’s supposed lack of a “big stick.”

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