The president's foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception he has that his magnetism, and his charm, and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin and Chavez and Ahmadinejad and that they'll find that we're such wonderful people that they'll go on with us, and they'll stop doing bad things. And it's an extraordinarily naive perception.Yes, it is naive of Obama to think he has a "magical" effect on foreign leaders -- it's like he can shoot fiery death from the sky without any moral compunction. How unrealistic. Romney doesn't believe in that magic transforming bullshit.
"My own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We'll see capital come back and we'll see — without actually doing anything — we'll actually get a boost in the economy."See, completely rational.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]