Another debate brought out another version of
He also was not the pushy CEO who commandeered the first debate or the combative sparring partner of Debate 2. From the first minute in this discussion of foreign policy,
Yes, Romney took shots at Obama's foreign policy, calling it weak and apologetic, but then he proceeded to agree with the nearly every aspect of what the president has done, from Libya to Iran. He abandoned his criticism of Obama's timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he would bring the soldiers home on the same schedule. He also eschewed past complaints that Obama had abandoned Egyptian dictator
Romney's foreign policy as of Monday night seems to be "me too!"
Will this worry the hard-line Republican foreign policy cadre? No, why should it? Romney has proved time and again just how malleable he is on any and all issues. These tough guys who brought us the
In the eyes of voters, did meek equal weak? Probably not. Though there was general agreement among the punditocracy, including the fire-breathers at
Sure, there were moments when Obama made Romney look like the naive new kid auditioning for a role on the international stage. Responding to Romney's expression of concern that the Navy has fewer ships now than it did in 1916, the president sarcastically suggested that maybe Romney had failed to notice that the military also has fewer bayonets and horses these days and, oh, by the way, there are now these really big ships called aircraft carriers on which airplanes land.
Obama got in another dig when he recalled his trip to