Mitt Romney, holding a roundly-criticized press conference the morning after our officials were slain in Libya.
Enough of Republicans trying to politicize the death of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Libya.
Yet again, today, Republicans are trying to use those deaths to help Mitt Romney, now by accusing – incredibly – Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, of being the one who’spoliticizing the debate. And why? Because Cutter, correctly, said that the Republicans have been politicizing the debate on this issue.
Before I get to all the examples of how Mitt Romney and the GOP congress have politicized the deaths in Libya, note the beauty of what the Republicans are doing here to Cutter. Not only are they criticizing her for doing whattheyare actually doing, but they’re using her public call for them tostoppoliticizing the tragedy as proof thatsheis the one politicizing it.
It’s brilliant in its dishonesty.
Fortunately, we have the Internet as an objective fact-checker. So let’s walk through just how calloused Republicans have been in taking advantage of the death of our ambassador and other government officials.
To show you just how cavalier Romney was about the deaths, note how, purely by chanceI’m sure, Romney’s backdrop for his press conference, below left, looked a lot like the White House briefing room, below right. Blue background, the flag, the podium, the dais. The setting was clearly meant to evoke the White House Briefing Room, and thus use Romney’s speech as an – let’s say it all together now – “opportunity” to make Romney look “presidential.”
So spare us the Republicans’ crocodile tears about Stephanie Cutter. The only reason that Republicans are attacking Cutter is because – yet again – they smell an “opportunity,” as Mitt Romney so callously put it, to use a national security crisis, and a human tragedy, to their own partisan advantage.
If anything, the Republican attacks on Cutter are further proof that she’s right.