Just What Mitt Doesn’t Need

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I’m watching John Bolton on Fox saying how President Obama is being “unpresidential” by promoting his taking down of Osama bin Laden. At the same time, Donald Rumsfeld is piping up to criticize Obama on the same point.

And therein lies a big problem for Mitt Romney. It stands to reason that Bolton, Rumsfeld et al. are going to be the first to leap to Mitt’s defense here. It’s in their abundant self-interest to do so.

But the last thing Romney needs are the dead-enders from the last administration forming a very public phalanx around him. That’s politically deadly. Then again, who on the Republican side has the national security cred anymore to be an asset for Mitt? It’s a big problem.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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