The Republican “commander-in-chief” debate proved one thing we already knew — in 2012, it’s going to be about the economy, stupid.
Barack Obama has been a remarkably successful foreign policy president, and in that realm, none of the clowns onstage last night (with the exception of Jon Huntsman) have a prayer of matching him. It was laughable to watch one candidate after another attempt to parrot the militaristic bluster of Newt Gingrich when they couldn’t think of anything to say. Rick Perry’s old-school denunciation of “foreign aid” and Michele Bachmann’s passionate endorsement of waterboarding added more idiocy to the idiotic proceedings.
It’s easy to talk tough when your opponent isn’t standing there to defend himself. If Mitt Romney debates Barack Obama in 2012 (and he will, because he’s going to be the GOP nominee) he’d be advised to say as little about foreign affairs as possible. It’s a no-win situation.