Mitt Romney has had a rough time of it as late as his diplomatic and leadership skills have taken a pounding.
Unfortunately, it appears that Mitt is shaping up to be a lot like George W. Bush when it comes to how not to handle diplomacy both internally and internationally as he and the missus are proving right and left that they don't know how to properly make friends and influence people. Even their own people.
Just days prior, Queen Ann informed the peasants that "we've given you people have all you need to know", threw some brioche to the hungry and ordered the staff to prepare for the European vacation. Mitt, feeling alone and unappreciated on Friday, bought 100,000 twitter friends who, to this point, still don't talk to or about him much.
I guess quiet Twitter friends might be a comfort to Mittens since his chief advisers don't respect his direct instructions. After being told specifically not to criticize the president to foreign media, they were hardly off the plane before they were making statements which made Mitt a laughing stock not only here but abroad.
Now we don't know whether Mitt has one rogue adviser willing to embarass him or multiple, the British press only report that they are anonymous. They are also, for those of us who write politically, the gift that keeps on giving.
"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special." stated one adviser to the media.
At this point, we can only hope for Gov. Romney's sake that this is not one of his speech-writers.
"The White House doesn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."
We must also pray for Gov. Romney's benefit that this person isn't responsible for any research or fact checking because this statement proves once again that someone didn't do their homework.
Barack Hussein Obama is a direct decendant of Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth Colony. He arrived in the colonies in 1633 and was from Bedfordshire, England. The name Dunham is Anglo-Saxon, Dun (hill), ham (home) - the home on the hill.
After that gaffe was thrown like rice at a royal wedding, the foreign affairs adviser made the blanket statement that Gov. Romney's policies concerning Britain would differ sharply from President Obama's but when asked by the media for specifics, this foreign affairs adviser had to admit, "I'm not sure what our policy response is."
Romney's foreign affair adviser arrives in a country, and even after being given direct instruction against it announces sharp changes in policy then, when cornered, admits that he doesn't know the candidate's foreign policy concerning that country.
But, if that wasn't enough, Romney totally misunderstood a comment made by the Australian foreign minister, Bob Carr. Carr had commented that "America is just one budget deal away from ending all talks of America being in decline", suggesting that the country was moving out of its' economic struggles. Romney then reported to the media that Carr had said that America was in decline. Carr did not appreciate being misrepresented to the media and said so quite publicly. He went so far as to remind Gov. Romney of a speech he made several months ago which verifies that Romney only heard what he wanted to hear.
In April of this year, Mr. Carr gave a speech at a conference where he stated:
This notion that I've been thinking of for the last few days, and that is that America could be one budget deal away -- in the context of economic recovery -- one budget deal away from banishing the notion of American declinism.
Think about that: one budget deal; an exercise of statesmanship up the road in the context of an economic bounceback.
A wealthy American who is out of touch with the majority of his people, who only hears what he wants to hear, who thinks he's entitled to the job because of his heritage, whose advisers are totally clueless and who have absolutely no respect for his wishes and do whatever they please.
Yeah, our friends overseas are looking at Mittens but remembering Dubya.
Update: Today, after my piece when to press, Mitt's foreign affairs adviser, Richard Williamson, was seen on C-SPAN addressing the Brookings Institute.
"Syria, an ally of Moscow, is "stategically important to the Soviet Union."
The Soviet Union? Mitt Romney's foreign affairs adviser didn't get the memo that the Soviet Union disbanded 21 years ago. It's good to know that the expert on foreign affairs for the Romney campaign is keeping up with current events.