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By Doug Stevens
I have had over a week to try and digest what has happened in the campaign. I continue to be amazed by the large gap between MSM spin and what I believe is the campaign reality. Governor Romney sneezes in public and it becomes a major gaffe. The MSM is so determined to use gaffes as Governor Romney negatives, that they are even reporting on gaffes that were satire and didn’t really happen.
Ironically, President Obama is making real gaffes that are being totally overlooked. He has made what I consider to be three major gaffes this last week, and of course the MSM has barely commented. His first and most heartless gaffe was his ‘bump in the road’ gaffe last Sunday during his 60 Minutes Interview:
His second gaffe was during television show The View, which in and of itself was a gap of leadership by not scheduling a single meeting with a visiting international leader. His gaffe was to refer to himself as ‘eye candy.’ Again we see the Narcissist-in-Chief at work. And finally the most significant gaffe was his refusal to admit to the real events of September 11 when Al Qaeda attacked and killed Ambassador Stevens. It wasn’t good enough to just let Susan Rice, Jay Carney and Hillary Clinton repeat the narrative to the press for a week.
He used the venue of the UN General Assembly to perpetuate what some are referring to as a cover up. In his UN speech, he chided “those who slander the prophet of Islam.” He used this international stage to perpetuate the notion that the outrage at America is because of an amateur video that has not been seen by most that are enraged. How can such gaffes and spin not enrage a large segment of the electorate? I cannot understand this. The administration is even now, belatedly admitting that the attack on our Benghazi consulate was by Al Qaeda affiliates (I would give the link here but it was too disturbing and enraging to share). I saw a picture of the dead and abused body of Ambassador Stevens with his killers which has haunted me for days. And yet our President told the General Assembly that any actions by our government could not have prevented the Benghazi attack. I for one do not believe that statement. It is as though we retreated and left those four men on the front line to their doom, by a systematic policy of appeasement and an unwillingness to plan for the security.
As a nation, we often pat ourselves on the back for the minimal amount of terrorism we have experienced at home since 9/11. This is because of the vigilance and determination of our local and national law enforcement agencies. How is it that we missed this one? It was 9/11 in Libya, a new and lawless country and the Benghazi consulate was unprotected. America, we need to wake up and see what this administration is doing on the foreign stage, especially the Middle East. As Romney supporters, we need to do better at reaching those likeminded Americans that fear the foreign policy direction of the current administration and help them understand and embrace the candidacy of Governor Romney.
On the other hand and on a more uplifting front, we see some wonderful moments by Governor and Ann Romney. If you haven’t viewed the MRC article of Ann Romney’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, you will be moved by her energy, candor and humor. My first reaction was, let’s have Ann Romney debate President Obama when Governor Romney is through with him! She would definitely out-compassion and out-personality the President!
Governor Romney’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference on the world economy, work and prosperity abroad was a great performance and home run. It is a lengthy video, but you will see the stark difference in Governor Romney’s outlook for societal prosperity versus that of President Obama. It was a superior performance by Governor Romney and received a standing ovation. As we move day-by-day closer to November 6, those who recognize Governor Romney’s clear superiority of leadership need to double their efforts to help him win.