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Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:14 AM

A Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Player

A Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Player

By Steve Benen

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It started the day before his departure, when Romney caused a diplomatic incident with Australia, a steadfast U.S. ally, misquoting the Australian foreign minister. The same day, a Romney advisor made a racially-charged comment about President Obama to a British newspaper.

And then Romney arrived in London, where things went really downhill. The Republican, whose foreign policy experience is limited to his mysterious Swiss bank account, said there are "disconcerting" signs that his British hosts are not prepared to host the Olympics. (Yesterday, he also forgot Labour Party leader Ed Miliband's name after meeting him.)

British Prime Minister David Cameron did not seem pleased.

The prime minister has hit back at comments from the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney querying Britain's readiness for the Olympics... Romney said the fallout from the G4S security fiasco and a threatened strike by immigration officials were "disconcerting" and questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.

"Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin. It is hard to know just how well it will turn out," said Romney.

But Cameron, who was due to meet Romney later on Thursday, said: "In terms of people coming together, the torch relay demonstrated that this is not a London Games, this is not an England Games but this is a United Kingdom Games. We'll show the world we've not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world."

Cameron said he was going to make this point to Romney when he met him later on Thursday.

Romney's been abroad for one day and he's already annoying our allies, while making himself appear amateurish.

Matters may worsen tonight: he's hosting a campaign fundraiser in the UK with international financiers, some of whom are under investigation as part of the LIBOR scandal.

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http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/07/26/12969433-a-not-ready-for-prime-time-player


On edit: Make no mistake. Mitt was trying to use the UK Olympics as a prop to bolster his own Olympic creds, but it backfired. The last comment at the link is a complete smack down by Cameron.

Mitt Romney, former registered lobbyist
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/26/1113836/-Mitt-Romney-former-registered-lobbyist

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ProSense Jul 2012 OP
ProSense Jul 2012 #1
Pirate Smile Jul 2012 #2
ProSense Jul 2012 #3
speedoo Jul 2012 #4
BlueToTheBone Jul 2012 #5
JBoy Jul 2012 #6
FSogol Jul 2012 #7
phleshdef Jul 2012 #8
hifiguy Jul 2012 #9

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:25 AM

1. Quote Of The Day

David Cameron, responding to Mitt Romney’s Olympic critique: “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/07/quote_of_the_day_12.php


Anger Games: Cameron, British Press Pounce On Romney’s Olympics Critiques
http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-london-olympics-david-cameron.php

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:41 AM

2. There is a new blunder to add to the list - he said he met the head of M16 - who doesn't officially

exist & isn't supposed to be mentioned.

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Response to Pirate Smile (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:48 AM

3. And this:

Netanyahu: Romney Lying About Their Friendship
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021024474

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:51 AM

4. Ready for prime time? Not close.

Rethugs have no one ready.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:12 PM

5. Ane worse, regulators have told Barclay,

NO FUND RAISING FOR RMONEY!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:45 PM

6. Mitt couldn't help spouting off on something he thinks he knows all about

Since he can't run on his record as Governor, or at Bain, he's left with the Olympics.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:46 PM

7. K & R. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:49 PM

8. Romney does not have a fraction of the class, tact, charm or communication skills of Pres. Obama.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:53 PM

9. Could Mittwit be any more of a stooge?

Insult your hosts, blabber like a parrot on meth about whatever comes into your head and generally act like the ugliest possible American. Whatta maroon!

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