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After the debate, I initially was struck by how poorly President Barack Obama defended himself and his positions. But as I've thought about it, while I still think Obama blew it, I am most struck by the chutzpah of Gov. Mitt Romney.
Romney contradicted so many statements and pledges he made during the primaries. He was such a different candidate from just earlier this year (let alone his past political lives) that I have now have no confidence that Romney is ever speaking straight or truthfully.
Romney obviously says what he thinks will work in that moment, and that's a terrible trait to have as a president having the public not believe a word you say, knowing that tomorrow you probably will say the opposite.
That's no way to treat the American public, and it's no way to deal with our allies.