That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest
    separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the
    propriety of having elections often.

    — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
One of Romney’s many miscalculations — and a mistake that many hawkish Republicans make — is to confuse obnoxious loudness with foreign policy expertise.

 - Bob Cesca

The opposite of a foreign policy neophyte isn’t a scolding jerkass who pops off with saber-rattling bromides and political agitprop. Romney could have been a statesman about the events in North Africa and appeared dignified — perhaps qualified — in the process, but instead he decided to be a braying crackpot. Anyone with a lapel pin and a pulse can do that. Leaning on the warhawk slogan switch doesn’t amount to anything resembling international leadership gravitas.

Source: There’s a Huge Difference Between ‘Capable’ and ‘Obnoxious’

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