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I really don’t get the outrage directed at Romney over his criticism of the embassy’s statement last night and then his standing by it today. This Molly Ball piece perfectly captures the tone: “Will Romney’s Foreign-Policy Fumble Doom His Campaign?” Yes, Romney’s criticism last night was tough, but the embassy’s statement was indefensible. If that wasn’t obvious enough, the White House made it obvious by refusing to defend it. Was Romney supposed to get up this morning and back off or apologize for his criticism after the White House itself implicitly criticized the release? What is clearly going on here is that, as far as the press is concerned, anything Romney does is wrong. I remember the days when the media was reporting — in approving tones — how Obama was going to go on offense on foreign policy and “use national security to beat Romney.” I remember it like it was yesterday.

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