I have no idea about what’s going on with Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident who escaped from house arrest in China, but one thing that’s certain is that we don’t know all the details or the subtleties of his case. Neither does Mitt Romney, but after Chen left the Chinese embassy, Romney called it a “Day of Shame” for the Obama Administration, based on media reports that Chen was pressured to leave by embassy officials.
Now it turns out that Chen is angry at Chinese officials–not Americans–because the Chinese reneged on the deal they made with him.
That’s today’s news. Tomorrow’s may change, but it won’t erase the fact that that Romney’s one-note samba strategy bit him in the ass again. If your only trick is to pick the most negative thing about Obama you can find that day, put some salt and pepper on it, and throw it back into the maw of the media beast, you’re going to fuck up the way Romney did yesterday. And your inexperience and lack of judgment, especially in foreign policy, will be the story, just as it was with the Grenell resignation.
Update: It looks like Chen will be coming to the US. Who’s ashamed now?