Rich Galen
Friday night I was on Anderson Cooper's CNN program, AC360 with one of my favorite debate partners, Paul Begala.

As neither Paul nor I am a foreign policy expert we talked about the domestic political aspects of the riots - and killings - in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Cooper quoted from Friday morning's Mullings (I don't have the transcript but this is close):

Cooper: Rich, you wrote in your column this morning that President Obama's foreign policy is: Blame George W.

Galen: What I wrote, in its entirety was:

Barack Obama's foreign policy is the same as his domestic policy: It's all George W's fault.

And I stand by that.

Begala wanted to get to a Ryan comment so he let that pass. We didn't see each other after the program so I couldn't ask him if he went to his Ryan riff because he agreed with me, or because he was afraid we would run out of time in the segment.

The reason I bring all that up is because by Friday night there was a growing buzz among the geniuses in Washington that no matter how awful events in overseas were, the Romney campaign had to keep pounding on the economy.

The economy with all its constituent parts: Jobs, housing, gasoline prices, economic growth, etc - will be at the top of the list in every poll of voters' concerns.

But, I think there is a case to be made that President Obama's handling of foreign policy is no less incompetent than his handling of the domestic economy.

The broader narrative that the campaign of Mitt Romney should be pushing is this:

Barack Obama is a good man. He is trying hard. He's just not very good at this job.

If that becomes the message then no matter what goes wrong, complaining about it should end with: Obama's good but inept.

They can paint that in prettier linguistic colors, but that's what voters should be thinking about for the next month-and-a-half.

Buried last week because of the horrors coming out of MENA was a remarkable press conference held by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.

Bernanke announced the Fed would be buying about $40 billion - BILLION - worth of (mostly) mortgage-backed securities per month for the foreseeable future to pump even more money into the economy.

Why? Because the economy is in grave danger of sliding back into recession.

Obama is a nice guy, he is just not very good at his job.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at