Barack Obama’s foreign policy successes are considered by most to be a source of strength. Just as they did in 2004 with John Kerry’s experience in Vietnam, the GOP are trying to turn a source of strength into a weakness. The GOP were successful in 2004 with their Swiftboat campaign. Now in 2012, the GOP talking heads are unanimous in parroting the line that President Obama is responsible for the terrorist attack in Libya. They are trying to make the public forget who was responsible for the killing of bin Laden.
During the initial confusion after the attack, not all of the Obama administration spokespeople spoke with a single voice. I would suggest that some allowance be made for human error. Which would you prefer, adults expressing their opinions or a chorus line of sycophants united in expressing the GOP party line? I would opt for the thinking adults.
- Swiftboating II: Republicans angry that Bin Laden is dead (dailykos.com)
- GOP’s October surprise? (salon.com)