Lost in the navel-gazing last night over “acts of terror” was the fact that, um, Obama wasn’t asked about that. He was asked a much more important question, one which Mitt unfortunately neglected to press him on but surely will on Monday. Quote:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m sorry, what’s your name?
Q: It’s Kerry, Kerry Ladka.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to see you here.
Q: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola yesterday. We were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans. Who was it that denied enhanced security and why?
The One conveniently forgot to explain that, as Ladka pointed out afterward to WaPo’s Erik Wemple, and of course his pal Candy Crowley didn’t press him to, so we spent the early a.m. hours today engaged in a talmudic parsing of Obama’s and Jay Carney’s rhetoric on the attack instead of on the heart of the matter. I’m a little worried that Team Mitt and their Super PAC allies might keep going with that, using an opportunity to raise public awareness about what happened in Benghazi by obsessing over when a “spontaneous protest” became a “pre-planned attack” instead of focusing on State’s inexplicable negligence in refusing to better protect Chris Stevens. The administration’s ass-covering and scapegoating of the Mohammed movie is important, but it’s not the deeper scandal. The deep scandal is sending a U.S. ambassador into a jihadi hive protected by a skeleton crew of possibly treacherous locals supervised by a notably inexperienced contractor. Stevens was a sitting duck. And the next time the Unicorn Prince feigns outrage by claiming it’s “offensive” to accuse him of playing politics with what happened, Romney had very well better point that out. On the offensiveness scale, leaving the U.S. ambassador to suffocate to death while jihadi degenerates overrun his threadbare security detail ranks a wee bit higher than accusing Barack Obama of — gasp — focusing unduly on his own reelection.