In a foreign trip that is making Mitt Romney appear more like an American Borat than a capable diplomat, the gaffes are piling up. It is not all Romney’s fault either. His advisers have jumped into the mix as well.
Romney has offended the British and the Palestinians along the way, but his press secretary also made some colorful remarks as Romney was visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Pilsudski Square while in Warsaw, Poland.
As reporters yelled questions to Romney asking if he had a statement for the Palestinian people or a response to his gaffes, Rick Gorka, the press secretary interjected himself.
“Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
Demanding that someone show respect while at the same time scowling “Kiss my ass” is a bit of a contradiction. Gorka realized that and later apologized for his “inappropriate” remarks.
Whether this is going to cost Romney any votes is debatable, but it highlights what is the weakest part of Romney’s resume — foreign policy. Romney was hoping to put some of those doubts to rest during this trip. He hasn’t. This will come up again during the campaign, most significantly during the October debates. Romney’s performance will be eyed scrupulously then.
However, as important as foreign policy is, the economy remains the main issue. Unless Romney pulls a blunder like Gerald Ford did in 1976 when he said that Eastern Europe was not under Soviet domination, these mistakes are nothing more than an annoyance for Romney.