Remember the old Spy v. Spy cartoons?
Plunderbund is proud to announce a new feature. White Guy v. White Guy. White Guy v. White Guy will feature instances when Mitt Romney and leading Ohio Republicans disagree on the most important issues of the day. They can’t all be right at the same time, can they?
Last week, we noted that while Mitt Romney says he now wants to retain parts of Obamacare, Josh Mandel, the Ohio Republican seeking the U.S. Senate seat, is pushing for a full repeal. And House Republicans led by Speaker John Boehner have voted for full repeal.
Which brings us to the tragic events in Libya and Egypt.
Romney issued a statement Tuesday night condemning the Administration’s handling of the attack. He said, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
As others have noted in great detail, this statements is a lie on two levels: (1) the “response” Romney criticized was made before anyone was actually hurt; and (2) the “response” was from the Embassy in Egypt, not “the Obama Administration.”
Our interest is in how Ohio Republicans took a much different approach.
Ohio Republicans almost universally stuck to the adage that politics stops at the water’s edge. The key inconsistency between Ohio republicans and Mitt Romney is simple: these prominent Republicans did not use the attack as an opportunity to criticize the President.
John Boehner issued a statement saying “We mourn for the families of our countrymen in Benghazi, and condemn this horrific attack.”
Rob Portman, in an interview, said, “We need to go after the perpetrators and hold them responsible. The government of Egypt and the government of Libya need to ensure that these folks are held accountable.”
Similarly, Steve Chabot, who notes on his press release that he is “Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia” focused on the cowardly people behind the attack and did not criticize the Obama Administration. A similar statement was issued by Mike Turner.
What about Josh Mandel? Glad you asked. Mandel’s campaign did not issue a press release and a quick Google search could not find any statement on Libya. But as you can see in this picture he DID spend 9-11 visiting an Ice Cream store (picture from Newark Advocate), so he’s got that going for him.
There are still two months before the election. Plenty of time for more editions of White Guy v. White Guy!
P.S. for Millennials: Of course you don’t remember Spy v. Spy (pictured). Nobody over 40 reads a blog. So . . . Spy v. Spy is described in all the detail it deserves on Wikipedia: “The comic strip always features two spies, who are completely identical save for the fact that one is dressed in white and the other black. The pair are constantly warring with each other, using a variety of booby-traps to inflict harm on the other. The spies usually alternate between victory and defeat with each new strip.”
P.P.S. for artists: Anyone want to take a shot at drawing a cartoon logo for this new feature?