UPDATE: May 4, 3:30 AM – China Announces Chen Guangcheng Can Apply To Study Abroad (NY Times). Offered fellowship at American university: can be accompanied by wife and children (BBC News, U.S. Dept. of State).
Mitt Romney proved today that he is not qualified to be President. In fact, he proved that he is not qualified to be a Presidential candidate for a major party.
In a totally indefensible effort to score political gains he interjected himself into an extremely delicate international matter.
That is the issue of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who was jailed and beaten for his work against the government's coercive family planning policies.
Romney plainly admitted, as the video below shows, that the actual facts of the situation were not known. Nevertheless, he could not refrain from using this opportunity to launch a premature and potentially damaging attack. In essence, he may be throwing Mr. Chen under the bus for his own venal ambitions.
This is not merely contrary to the old tradition that political campaigning stops at the water’s edge. It emphasizes Romney’s fundamental inhumanity just days after his chief foreign policy advisor was forced out due to criticism of his sexual orientation by far right groups.
This pattern of events makes laughable the effort by the Romney campaign to resurrect an ad from his 2007 campaign touting his altruism. It trumpets and cynically exploits his contribution to the search for the missing daughter of a business colleague. The video, called “The Search” in 2007 and now called “Saved”, could perhaps be titled more appropriately “Multimillionaire as Community Activist”.
Face the reality that Mitt Romney is the embodiment of Gordon Gekko as Presidential candidate.