Kevin Drum: The Romney campaign was so eager to issue its statement of outrage that they initially scheduled it for release at 12:01 am. Why? So that no one could claim they were trying to score political points on 9/11. But eventually their giddiness got the better of them and they let it go late Tuesday night. These guys just don’t know when to quit. I don’t think there’s anything left that they won’t say or do if they think it might give them a 1% pop in the polls. They really don’t respect anything at all anymore. — There’s Nothing Left That the Romney Campaign Respects | Mother Jones
If you’re still not convinced that Romney’s ‘outrage’ over the embassy attacks was a long-planned and coordinated political opportunity — to be revealed when the right situation came along — see the RNC’s Chair’s tweet at 12:01 AM ET on 9/12/2012:
Dave Weigel | Timeline: The Romney Campaign’s Odd Response to the Embassy Protests | Slate - At 12:01 a.m. ET, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweets:
Notice that the timestamp says “9:01 p.m.” Twitter’s website is cued to Pacific Time. Both the RNC and the Romney campaign were honoring a 9/11 embargo that ended only when 9/12 came to the Eastern time zone.
John Caissidy: Think about that for a moment. Sometime on Tuesday evening, presumably, the best minds that Romney has gathered around him, convened by conference call, or offered their thoughts individually, and all of them thought it was a capital idea, solely on the basis of statements from the Embassy in Cairo, to accuse Obama and his Administration of expressing sympathy “with those who waged the attacks.” Not only that, but there’s no suggestion that the following morning—as Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and others were busy paying tribute to Ambassador Stevens—any of these sages thought to call Romney up and persuade him to zip it. Why? Well, it is widely thought that Romney’s political advisers aren’t the brightest bulbs—his entire campaign has been a litany of errors. What has been less remarked upon is the makeup of Romney’s foreign-policy team. For a former businessman who claims to willing to hire the best and smartest regardless of background, it is a remarkably unimpressive and ideologically driven group, consisting largely of washed up neocons and Cold Warriors, many of whom served in the Administration of George W. Bush. — Mitt Romney’s Libya Blunder Reflects Larger Failings : The New Yorker
The Washington Post: Minutes after Romney’s news conference [Wednesday, when he doubled-down], inside a small campaign office in a drab Jacksonville strip mall, a door down from the Blazin Reptiles exotic pet shop, Obama addressed the nation surrounded by the grandeur of his office. In the Rose Garden, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at his side and the White House behind him, the president mourned the loss of American lives and vowed that “justice will be done.” [...] About 150 supporters had assembled at Romney’s campaign office here, expecting a small rally. Volunteers sat at phone bank tables, supporters held up campaign signs that read, “Florida Loves Mitt,” and shiny patriotic bunting lined the walls. But aides quickly transformed the room into a setting more suitable for a formal news conference. They removed the signs and erected a blue curtain that covered the patriotic bunting. Four American flags were posted behind the wooden lectern where Romney would speak. Aides escorted supporters outside to wait on the sidewalk, where dozens pressed their faces against the storefront windows to watch the candidate, dressed in a dark suit, crisp white shirt and blue tie, deliver his remarks. “Americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals that served in our diplomatic corps were brutally murdered across the world,” Romney said. “This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous. It’s disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us.” — Romney repeats sharp criticism of Obama after Benghazi, Cairo attacks
Now we know the story behind those people pressed to the windows outside: