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7 Mitt Romney Statements As Idiotic as His Libya Response

Why are we even surprised?

No one should be surprised by Mitt Romney’s leaden and unnuanced comments attacking the Obama Administration for allegedly coddling the attackers of the American embassy in Egypt on September 11, when a similar attack in Libya killed four foreign service officers, including the American ambassador.

Every presidential campaign season has high-profile moments that reveal the unscripted and unfiltered values, and temperaments, of the candidates—such as Romney’s off-kilter and neo-con infused comments on the attacks. While analysts will compare Romney’s lack of nuance and foreign policy instincts to Obama’s carefully composed comments, no one should be surprised by Romney.

In a presidential campaign stretching for months, if not years, it is easy to forget Romney's earlier unfiltered pronouncements or just to dismiss them as gaffes. But the overall pattern is unmistakable: Romney lives in a world where his values are not the same as ordinary people and where he hides behind conservative principles regardless of their impact or harm.

What follows is a quick collection of videos clips, some assembled by other websites, which underscore that Romney’s intemperate and bellicose comments in response to the Libya crisis are hardly unique, but are consistent with views that are not appropriate for the world’s most powerful political leader.

1. Romney’s Olympian Flub.

Remember Romney’s foreign trip this summer, where he was to introduce himself to the world stage as a leader of international stature? Forget the fights between the press and his staff on the trip. Here, in another off-key foreign policy moment, he insults our foremost foreign ally, Great Britain, for poorly executing its Olympic preparations.


2. Romney Insults Gay Veteran On Marriage

Last winter, before the New Hampshire primary, Romney was followed by cameras into a diner where he assumed that an elderly man wearing a Vietnam Veterans hat and red wool jacket was a fellow conservative—not a gay veteran who asked whether Romney was opposed to gay marriage (he is) and then lambasted the presidential candidate. "He's not getting my vote. He just told me I'm not entitled to constitutional rights," said Bob Garon. "I think and man and a woman, and a man and a man should be treated equal. What the hell's the difference?"

3. Romney Tells Medical Pot Patient He’d Arrest Him

Romney told the Republican Convention how compassionate he was—and would be as president. But that compassion does not extend to permanently disabled people who find medical marijana’s theraputic value as a sedative helps them with their chronic illness. Here Romney is asked by a young man in a wheelchair if a Romney administration would arrest someone like him, after explaining that pharmaceutical marijuana isn’t helpful—but the plant itself it. Romney said medical use would still be a crime.

4. Romney Likes To Fire People

This clip raised eyebrows when it was first aired in the primary season, but it has new resonance now as Romney is seeking to make the economy and job creation the number one issue in the election. Taken together with the preceeding clips, it shows a man who obviously is more in touch with accounting spreadsheets than with living, breathing employees.

5. He Knows What It’s Like To Be Unemployed

There’s more to this clip than the theatre of the absurd—argably the richest man ever to run for president telling Florida voters that he knows what it’s like to be unemployed, because as a candidate he is unemployed. What’s happening here—and this is also visible in other Romney pronouncements where he obviously is following a script from his campaign’s advisors—is he is not just patronizing people, but you really don’t know what’s going on inside his mind, if it’s not just saying anything to win votes.  

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