Obama’s superior foreign-policy acumen has been part and parcel of the Beltway narrative. “I killed Osama and I Got Us Out of Iraq” were supposed to offset the awful economy. Pundits were sure that youth-lived-in-Indonesia and college-traveler-to-Pakistan Obama could easily dispatch provincial “businessman” Romney in the final debate – a fitting climax to the President’s inevitable reelection. As Obama whispered to Putin’s envoy: “Tell Vladimir to wait until the election. Then I will be flexible,” he could not even imagine a loss to such a weak opponent.
The Benghazi tragedy of 9/11 shook the foundations of this narrative.
For weeks, the administration kept changing its story, as if in a
panic. On the eve of the final debate, foreign policy has moved to the
front burner to decide an election that was supposed to be about the
economy. The rough-and-tumble of the last debate will swell an audience
waiting for blood.
Obama entered the first two debates with weak cards, but he was
supposed to contest the final debate from a position of strength. All
that has changed. Romney can produce a devastating laundry list of
Obama’s foreign policy defeats to an audience that is actually
listening. And Obama will not have Candy Crowley, unless Bob Shieffer
wants to join her in the tank.
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