26
Apr
11

it’s peacetime, you know

Steve Benen: In a published op-ed yesterday, former Gov. Mitt Romney slammed President Obama for launching “one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.” It’s a bizarre argument for several reasons, not the least of which is that this isn’t peacetime.

After this caused a bit of a stir yesterday afternoon, Romney’s team walked it back. As it turns out, the claim wasn’t intended to be a factual statement.

That word “peacetime” doesn’t really jibe, does it? Team Romney has an explanation for that: It was a mistake. “He meant to say since World War II,” said Romney’s PAC spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, in an e-mail.

….Jed Lewison didn’t find the explanation especially persuasive: “Uh, say what now? How do you go from making a point about “peacetime” spending to saying you meant post-WWII? And how do you make that mistake in the first place?”

….I was curious to see how (and whether) the media picked up on this … Would it be enough to get political reporters’ attention? Not really; major media outlets generally didn’t care….

I’m curious – if an inexperienced Democratic candidate with no background in foreign policy or military affairs described a time of multiple wars as “peacetime,” would he or she ever live it down? Or would it be seen as evidence that Dems lack credibility on international affairs?

Full article here


9 Responses to “it’s peacetime, you know”


  1. 1 collegekay
    April 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

    LOL @ peacetime. What a tool.

  2. 2 Fred
    April 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Mitt needs to be reminded of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

    What an IDIOT! 😮

    • 3 anniebella
      April 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

      But Fred, he’s a Republican idiot! He’s all theirs and they can keep. We have our great President. President Barack Obama.

      • 4 anniebella
        April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

        He’s all theirs and they can keep him. That’s what I meant to say.

      • 5 Me4obama
        April 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

        I can see “Peacetime” from my house. What a fool? Don’t u worry Obama will remind him that Quote when time comes. As far as the media goes, they are irrelevant to me.

  3. 6 Carolyn
    April 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’m sure the artist will be able to add many more mouths before Romney actually announces, and they will take a full page by the time of any nomination…..

  4. 7 anniebella
    April 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Out of one of those mouths Romney will have to explain his Healthcare Bill that he passed when he was Governor.

  5. 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

    LOVE THAT CARTOON ON ROMNEY…DON’T FORGET TO ADD THE PULL STRING IN THE BACK! GO OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!….:) THE ONLY PRESIDENT WHO THINKS BEFORE HE SPEAKS!!!!!!

  6. 9 V C prezOfan2
    April 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    ‘Or would it be seen as evidence that Dems lack credibility on international affairs?’

    Rhetorical question, Steve B. You know it’s one standard for Democratats and no standards for Republicans, the only patriots around.


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