I spent the better part of Monday driving across the Golden State, from my apartment in West Hollywood to my sister’s place in the San Francisco suburbs. I saw a total of two Obama bumper stickers, both in the LA area and one Romney/Ryan sticker on a (very) small car with New Mexico plates in the Central Valley. And in the East Bay, did see a Tea Party banner, offering Mr. Obama a pink slip.
Striking that in the midst of a presidential campaign, I’d see so little evidence of that campaign.
I missed the big story of the day — or what would be the big story (as in super-duper big) had it happened in a Republican administration — where “the Secretary of State’s spokesman–the diplomat’s diplomat” (to borrow John Hinderaker’s expression) used some very undiplomatic language in response to a BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hasting’s request for information about (among other things) the State Department’s failure to secure/search the American consulate in Benghazi after the terrorist attacks on the facility earlier this month.
Spokesman Phillippe Reines, “couldn’t or wouldn’t answer“, as Ann Althouse put it, Hastings’s “excellent set of questions”. And although many have focused on Reines’s, well, intemperate response, Althouse believes
Those nasty comebacks shouldn’t be the story. They should direct us to the set of questions. Those are great questions, and the State Department will not answer them. Without answers, they feel like questions that answer themselves.
Can you imagine the coverage this story would garner had the spokesman to a Republican official responded in such a manner? (Text of his responses in first link above.) Within hours of the story breaking, he would have submitted his resignation.
There is a huge story in this failure to answer these questions, a story of a department in disarray. We need to learn more about this story. Heads should roll. And more reporters should be asking questions.
RELATED: John Nolte reminds us of the media overreaction when a Romney spokesman told reporters to kiss his “ass, after they started heckling Romney at the sacred site where Poland buries its war dead“.
(John also believes the administration is focusing on the film used as a pretext for the protests “to draw attention and blame away from U.S. security failures“.)