Just looking at both of them, I got the impression that Mitt is of another bygone generation, and his thinking belongs to that generation too. Tom Friedman let us all in on the idea that the world is flat and Obama seems to embrace this concept more readily than Mitt. I think the philosophical concept is called Cosmopolitanism. We want plurality to flourish in the world and 21st century wants America to value and protect (and perhaps enhance)all cultures and customs across the globe. 21st century American values wants diversity, and not force cultures, especially in the old world to follow American culture, rules and values. This view seems to fall on its face with the way Mitt and Paul and the GOP have been handling talk of global issues, especially American foreign policy. But, as a nation, American history shows that we promote diversity all over the world, and so Obama seems to be a natural as commander-in-chief. It appears to me that the torch has been passed to a new generation of worldly-wise leaders, who are comfortable in DC or in Jakarta, Hawaii or Africa. POTUS hails from that new generation, it appears.The GOP of the older generation has no choice but to change guard, prepare and field younger worldly saavy and sensitive candidates who look to the future with a shared global agenda. POTUS did not apologize to nations on his inaugural trip. I think he drove home the same cosmopolitan agenda. And good to remember that he won the Nobel for it ! In case we forgot, Mitt was sitting across a Nobel Laureate this evening. Rest assured that our POTUS is a Nobel winner and a constitutional lawyer, of Harvard Law Review fame, so please, please cut him some slack when events transpire that appear to go south under his watch. One other thing: Mitt seems to sway with opinions and flip flops on almost all issues, not just this once but throughout the three debates(great strategy for dodging issues) but how would he deal with crises after crises that is bound to hit the White House if we have a switch of guard in these most testing,horrible times ?....with a badly splintered GOP to back him up ? ...that Mitt seems to have turned 180 on ? Lot of questions about Mitt, including taxes, but maybe his work in this election season is to bring GOP back to the middle, eject all those extremists, and by 2016 they will be able to field a younger, moderate candidate from the new generation of leaders, perhaps ? Maybe Paul Ryan would have gotten over Ayn Rand and become more accurate in budget forecasting by then ? Oh, and that defense budget, I think POTUS will find a fix, once election is over, but then again he is right, the battle has moved on from ground to sea to air and is now being waged in space...satellites and drones and cyberwar. Ships simply won't cut it anymore ! And just a word about the economy..Mitt and Paul don't have clue that we are now fully plunged into a world economy and that we must use all our prowess to get out of the doldrums. Everyone knows that US has to lead the world, and the way to do that is through stimulus. The austerity myth is done for, time to act and as Krugman and Stiglitz have attested time and again, this is not the time for austerity but for substantial injection of government capital. I suspect all this will transpire once we are over the November 6th hump...not too long to wait, I suppose ?!
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