I happened to be in the car today when Rush Limbaugh's radio diarrhea started with a diatribe about the liberal mainstream media trying to make it appear as if Mitt Romney's hugely successful foreign policy trip had somehow been a gaffe-tastic disaster. El Rushbo was furious in his denials, calling Romney's little foray into European politics a 'grand slam home run.'
Wow... a homer, eh? Let's see... Mitt insulted the Brits on the day their Olympics were to open, called the Back Garden of Downing Street the "backside," then mentioned to the press that he'd been given a foreign policy briefing by those good folks at MI6... an secret intelligence organization one simply doesn't discuss in England. Great start, Mitt. Why not bitch slap the Queen on your way to the Opening Ceremony?
From there Mitt traveled to Israel, where he took his left foot out of his mouth and inserted his right one. He praised the Israeli economy and their technological innovations, then said the reason the Palestinians had it so bad was because of their "cultural" differences. He didn't bother to mention the economic embargo surrounding their squalid settlement camps in that assessment of Palestinian incompetence, but hey, why bother letting facts ruin a good narrative?
He followed that blunderful mouthful by suggesting his administration would be 100% supportive of a pre-emptive Israeli military strike on Iran, if they wanted to start a middle eastern conflagration. Thumbs up! Time to get back on Air Farce Uno, the BainMobile!
During all of these travels Mitt has carefully avoided answering questions from the attendant American press corps assigned to follow him from place to place, and at a stop in Poland some of them began to yell questions Mitt's direction as he left Warsaw's Pilsudski Square. One of Mitt's advisers took offense, telling the reporters to show some respect, adding they could "shove it" and "kiss my ass" for good measure. When candidates are often judged by the people surrounding their campaigns, Romney might as well have had Hannibal Lector leading him around in public.
But to people like Rush Limbaugh and his acolytes at Faux News, this trip was a resounding success. In their eyes, Romney looked presidential and in command of all he encountered from start to finish, earning high marks for diplomacy and tact every step of the way.
The fact-free diet these people subsist on is beginning to affect their logic in ways rational people can't explain... and yet they can't understand why everyone doesn't see events the same way they see them: spinning wildly to the right and coming up roses at every turn.
Anyone who tries to make you believe Romney's misadventures overseas were anything less than an unmitigated disaster is selling you the Kool-Aid they've already consumed.