At the risk of repeating myself: I have got to stop listening to the political chattering class on radio and TV as I sit here and blog.
Today, the Right Wing is bashing President Barack Obama for how he has politicized the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of a U.S. Navy Seal team.
Asked on the campaign trail today if he would have “gone after” bin Laden, many news organizations are reporting that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said: Of course, of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
And there’s the rub.
Have members of Obama’s team politicized this by saying the president got the job done and questioning how Romney would have handled it?
But does anyone believe, for even one second, that Romney and his supporters wouldn’t be beating Obama over the head if that mission last year had failed and American troops had died?
After all, last week was only the 32nd anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt authorized by Carter to rescue American hostages in Iran. It resulted in the deaths of eight American servicemen, one Iranian civilian and the destruction of two aircraft. It was one of the many things that led to Ronald Reagan defeating Carter in 1980.
And, at least indirectly, Romney is still kicking Carter around for it.
It seems to me, if Romney is going to take shots at Carter in this way, he shouldn’t whine when Obama fires back.