Molly Ball rounds up the inflow of anti-Romney condemnation:
The pundits’ judgment was harsh. Time’s Mark Halperin said Romney’s “doubling down on criticism of the President for the statement coming out of Cairo is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign.” A senior Republican told BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith it was Romney’s “Lehman moment,” a reference to John McCain’s hasty reaction to the 2008 financial crisis — a turning point in the last presidential campaign.Conservative pundit Matt Lewis wrote in the Daily Caller, “The problem with Mitt Romney continues to be Mitt Romney,” comparing his reaction to the way Michael Dukakis was parodied as “weak and passionless” on Saturday Night Live. On Fox News, conservative commentator and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said, “In times of great drama and heightened crisis … I always think discretion is the better way to go,” saying Romney was leaving himself open to accusations of politicizing a tragedy. “I don’t feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors in the past few hours,” she said. Though Romney had his defenders as well, the gelling consensus was clearly against him.
“I think it’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values,” Romney said at a news conference in Jacksonville, some 12 hours after his initial statement. (Here’s a useful chronology of the various events and statements.) “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation.”
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