Just In: They Really Will Say ANYTHING! Former New York Governor George Pataki On President Obama’s Middle East Record

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They really will say ANYTHING!, especially when the Romney/Ryan campaign is perceived to be in free fall, even by its own supporters and staff . . . Just 10 minutes ago on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, former New York Governor George Pataki spoke of foreign policy as being an important issue. He should have stopped there, but added, apparently as evidence, this little gem:

“I do think foreign policy matters. Just yesterday, President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night saying Israel is one of our closest allies in the region, the Middle East. Well, who is a closer ally? We have no closer ally in that region. . .”

The normally unflappable host, Chuck Todd, was flapped for a moment, but responded to that with:

“Parsing that, is that a distinction without a difference?”

Of course, it was, much like other GOP foreign policy critiques of President Obama, it was a feeble attempt.

Pataki sputtered on, despite all evidence to the contrary, and invoked standard GOP nonsense: we’re not respected in the Middle East; see how they attacked our embassies recently; Obama has had no real foreign policy relating to the “Islamist” world and does not stand strong with Israel, and on and on. Oh, and by the way, the economy is the most important issue, after all.

I don’t think the campaign will appreciate Pataki’s dredging up Romney’s horribly bungled, misinformed, and cynical attempt to make political hay out of the embassy attacks that left four dead, do you? As for me, good one George! Keep it up. Just say anything!



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Michael Matheron

From Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, I was a senior legislative research and policy staff of the nonpartisan Library of Congress Congressional Research Service (CRS). I'm partisan here, an "aggressive progressive." I'm a contributor to The Fold and Nation of Change. Welcome to They Will Say ANYTHING! Come back often! . . . . . Michael Matheron, contact me at mjmmoose@gmail.com

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