Even the liberal New York Times thinks that the Obama Administration might have hurt itself by delaying calling the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens “terrorism”. Grandpa John McCain thinks it’s “disgraceful”.
From what I can tell, it’s clear that, for some reason, the Obama Administration wanted to soft-pedal the terrorism angle, and Obama himself was quite reluctant to admit that the attack was terrorism rather than part of a protest over a YouTube video. Does anyone really believe that there’s some kind of election-altering political issue here surrounding some garden-variety White House dissembling?
Obviously, this raises a whole bunch of legitimate foreign policy issues, but the politics of it seem pretty straightforward. Barring some kind of smoking gun, I don’t see much political danger to Obama, especially since Romney is hiding in the corner after he fucked up his initial response.