Running On Bin Laden’s Death

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Obama Opposition, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

The Republicans have a problem with President Obama taking credit for Osama bin Laden's death.  And it is not hard to see why.  Mitt Romney didn't want us going into Pakistan to catch bin Laden, which is in fact where we got him. Good thing Mitt Romney didn't win the presidency in 2008 or Osama bin Laden still might be alive.

Interestingly, Republicans had no problem with George Bush taking credit for capturing Saddam, and on September 11 no less. From USA Today on September 11 (no less) of 2004:

In a harsh new attack on rival John Kerry, President Bush said Friday that if the Democratic presidential candidate "had his way," Saddam Hussein's regime would be running Iraq and threatening the safety of other nations.

The newest wrinkle is that Sen. Kerry has now decided we are spending too much money in Iraq even though he criticized us earlier for not spending enough," Bush said. "One thing about Sen. Kerry's position is clear … if he had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and would still be a threat to our security and to the world."

What surprises me most about this little squabble is the GOP playbook on it.  The more they complain about Obama "using" bin Laden's death for political gain, the more they remind everybody that Obama got bin Laden.  This is one of those stories that the GOP needs to let die as soon as possible.  Yet, they keep on stirring it.  Pretty stupid.