It's been a big week for Mitt Romney—he's traveled the country collecting the most boring endorsements of all time from obvious Romney supporters like George H.W. Bush, future vice presidential nominee Marco Rubio, and future spurned nominee for vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. And now, Romney is about to go after President Obama on foreign policy. The Washington Post story begins:
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is preparing to broaden his challenge to President Obama’s management of foreign affairs, sensing political vulnerability in an area in which the incumbent has received his strongest public support.
With the nation facing a high unemployment rate and uncertain economic growth, foreign policy as a political issue has remained on the periphery of the presidential race. Republicans seeking their party nomination have trained their sharpest criticism of Obama on his economic record, where they perceive him to be weakest.
Barack Obama obviously has some weak points on foreign policy, particularly the fact that the American people are sick of the war in Afghanistan. But Romney's hawkish stance on Russia, on China, and, well, everywhere else feels like a throwback to the W. Bush era. (Not to mention his desire to beef up the military runs directly counter to his plans to shrink the budget.) That's probably because his foreign policy advisers are the exact same ones who've been behind Republican presidents for the last thirty years. If Romney really wants to make the foreign policy discussion a debate between the guys who invented the Bush Doctrine and the president who finally got Osama bin Laden, I think Barack Obama would welcome that fight.