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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: Kerry and Powell hit Romney on foreign policy

Posted by Alex Pearlman  May 30, 2012 03:30 PM

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By Jeff Fish

This week: the ridiculous and on-going Elizabeth Warren minority controversy and, of course, Mitt Romney.

Romney only gets one dope-slap for cavorting with Donald Trump, but John Kerry and Colin Powell get a joint high-five for criticizing Romney’s abysmal foreign policy rhetoric. Also, Deval Patrick gets a high-five for painting a truthful and surprisingly balanced picture of Bain Capital.

High-Five: Menino thinks highly of Brown, but says enough is enough with the minority controversy. Mayor Menino has made headlines recently by not making headlines. He hasn’t endorsed anyone for the Senate race, most likely because he likes Scott Brown, but will not endorse a Republican, ever. He prefers to remain mum. But that hasn’t stopped him from criticizing Brown for his incessant hammering on the Warren/Native American issue.

“I think she has come clean but nobody has let her off the hook,” Menino told the Boston Globe. “It’s not relevant at all in the campaign. Let’s talk about the real issues... This is one of the issues that you [use to] try to divert as a candidate because you can’t deal with the real issues.” Thank you, Mayor. You’re absolutely right.

After disseminating all the information, I do think that Harvard may have been in the wrong. Legally, there is no paperwork to prove Warren is part Cherokee, so Harvard shouldn’t have used her to try to boost their minority credentials. But that doesn’t mean Warren is lying about her heritage. I’m ⅛ Cherokee, much more than Warren’s 1/32, and I’m pretty sure my family and many others are not listed on the Dawes Rolls. But we grew up learning about our heritage and it’s something to be proud of. I’ve never listed myself as a Native American, but I’ve considered it. Warren said she wanted to find people like her and it didn’t work. Oh, well. Time to move on from this non-issue.

Dope Slap: Shame on Romney for giving Trump political legitimacy. I hate Donald Trump. Republican politics have turned into a three-ring circus this election cycle and Trump is yet another sideshow freak. I guess I don’t blame Romney for tapping into the Donald’s vast resources, but to actually appear in public with him is to legitimize him as a political force -- the same man who continues to assert that Obama was born in Kenya and who hosts a reality show, one of the lowest forms of culture in our society.

Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul had it right when they refused to partake in a Newsmax debate moderated by Trump in January, which was ultimately canceled. Romney eventually backed out – a week later, really showcasing that leadership. The fact that Romney ever intended on going and didn’t immediately balk at the idea is a troubling sign that he is content with the way our system currently operates. Trump has helped make a mockery of our political system and Romney appearing with him only furthers that stigma.

High-Five: John Kerry and Colin Powell hit Romney hard on foreign policy. Russia is “without question our number one geo-political foe.” No, this is not a quote from the 1980s. It’s quote from from the man currently running to unseat Barack Obama from the presidency. And I’m giving John Kerry a high-five for pointing out how “breathtakingly off-target,” and naive this statement is on Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” according to the Globe. Colin Powell echoed those statements in an interview with MSNBC.

This is a prime example of just how much Romney lacks in foreign policy experience. It’s typical for Republicans to take hard-line stances to sound tough, while ignoring the deep complexities routed in international diplomacy. But this quote is extreme, to say the least. I still get the feeling a President Romney would be more moderate than candidate Romney, but it’s hard to say because we really don’t where his values lie on any issue.

High-Five: Patrick hits the nail on the head for Bain Capital. There has been a lot of criticism of Mitt Romney and his private equity firm, Bain Capital – some warranted and some unfair. Deval Patrick had it right when he said: “I get that some people just think the whole idea of private equity is bad and doesn’t contribute. I’m just saying I’m not one of those people. But I do think that it is fair to ask whether a person who represents himself as having a record of creating jobs has actually done so, and we’ve seen a number of examples made public recently of that not actually happening,” in an interview with CNN’s John King, according to the Boston Herald.

I’ve been looking for a good, succinct statement about Romney and his involvement with the company. It’s true that there are those that oppose the very premise of the company, but it does serve a purpose in the economy and has saved businesses from failure. It just so happens that saving companies from bankruptcy usually requires streamlining, including layoffs. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of the ebb and flow of the economy. He could definitely say that he’s saved jobs by saving companies from bankruptcy, but whether he actually created a significant number of new jobs, or any at all, is iffy.

About Jeff -- I'm a senior at Suffolk University, majoring in journalism and political science. I'm the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper, The Suffolk Journal, and I did a six-month co-op at The Boston Globe. I love politics, reading, movies, TV, and anything pop culture. My mind is a font of useless knowledge.

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