Would someone get the presumptive nominee a cup of coff…
Whoops. Can Mormons have decaf?
We ask, because it seems like Mitt Romney and his advisers have been asleep since the 1950s.
There is no longer a country called “The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”
There is no longer a country called “Czechoslovakia.”
The presumptive GOP nominee might consider surrounding himself with people who know these important facts.
Romney and his surrogates have revealed an ongoing Cold War fixation. Former Reagan Navy Secretary John Lehman and former Bush administration Ambassador Pierre Prosper, on Thursday derailed Romney messaging in a conference call with reporters by raising the specter of the “Soviet Union” and slamming Obama for not protecting Czechoslovakia — a country that was peacefully dissolved in 1993 and now exists as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Gee. Maybe we could send Bill Murray and Harold Ramis from the movie “Stripes” over to protect Czechoslovakia.
“We’re seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us. In fact, the only response is to announce the early retirement of the last remaining icebreaker.”
Prosper warned Obama was abandoning America’s eastern European allies — some of which haven’t existed for decades.
“You know, Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return,” Prosper said. “The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.”
Oh noes! Remember that movie, “The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!”
Someone assemble the militias. Distribute the grapeshot and make sure the men have enough powder for their muskets.
The candidate himself seems stuck in this Cold War mindset.
Romney has not done much to burst that rhetorical balloon. After Biden’s remarks, Romney condemned Obama, but not without confusing modern-day Russia with the nation that came before it.
“Obama ‘entered into an agreement with the Soviets, excuse me, with Russia’ in the nuclear arms START treaty that effectively required the United States to reduce its weapons stockpile while allowing Russia to increase its stockpile,” Romney said on April 20.
Oh well. The Soviets… I mean “Russians” (wink-wink)… seem to be taking all this in good humor.
For their part, the Russians seem to find the whole thing rather amusing. After Romney called Russia America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” Russian President Dimitri Medvedev joked, “Also, [Romney needs to] look at his watch: We are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”
Are we serious? Are we really going to be forced to endure six months of this nonsense? Are we really supposed to expect common sense and reality from Republicans who, for some baffling reason, think it’s in Romney’s FAVOR to display Romney, stiff and somber (“presidential”, they say) against the cool and loose incumbent? Do they really think the rod up Romney’s butt is a POSITIVE? Voters aren’t looking for a new Richard Nixon. They want a Bill Clinton, not a Al Gore!
Amazing. Truly baffling and amazing.