My guess is that Reid has believed that it did not matter if Romney opened his books and revealed the Senate leader as a liar and a fool. The senator believed that the mainstream media -- the Democratic media, that is -- would simply ignore his failed charge of tax evasion and move on. That is precisely what the media have done.
Yet in recent weeks, the Democratic media are having to ignore an awful lot of evidence that reveals the Obama record as a dangerous failure both domestically and in foreign policy. Domestically, he has resided over the weakest recovery in modern times, and this month's action by the Federal Reserve Board reveals still more. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has now announced that the economy is in need of his further ministrations, ministrations heretofore unthinkable. The recovery is in danger, and the lousy growth numbers and jobs numbers speak volumes.
Now the Obama foreign policy is in tatters. It was one thing to have the Russians and the Chinese giving Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton the back of their hands, but now the Arab world is too. The White House's initial story about the assault on the Benghazi consulate was false. It was not a local rampage but a well-coordinated military attack. Soon we shall recognize that three days before the attack took place, the American government was warned. Obama did nothing. American installations in Libya should have been prepared for the worst on September 11, as should American installations all around the world. Instead, embassies in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen were also attacked.
It is the end of President Obama's Cairo Doctrine. Delivered in Cairo in 2009, President Obama imagined the speech -- the most breathtaking mea culpa delivered by an American president ever -- would represent a new dawn of friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Arab world. It failed. Now, three years later, the Arab world is in ferment (SET ITAL) against (END ITAL) the United States. The only good that can come of this foreign policy disaster is that it came at an opportune time, election time. It is one more reason that Barack Obama should be retired.
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of "The American Spectator" and an adjunct scholar at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Death of Liberalism." To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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