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You Know It’s an Election Year When…

assaults on U.S. embassies abroad provoke political attacks rather than a unified front from all parties. The Romney campaign, never particularly interested in the truth, attacked the Obama administration for its “disgraceful” response to the attacks on embassies in Egypt and in Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and two others were killed. Turns out, the statement Romney criticized was put out by the U.S. embassy in Cairo BEFORE the attacks, and was what turned out to be a fruitless effort to soften any violent repercussions from controversy surrounding a film depicting the prophet Mohammed. The official responses from the Obama administration AFTER the attacks was precisely what you would expect, an immediate forceful condemnation. We’ll see if Romney walks back his comments, or sticks with them, knowing they’re a lie and hoping the voters won’t know or be interested in what really happened. Given his campaign so far, I expect the latter.