Mitt Romney makes John McCain look like a statesman

Remember back in 2008, when John McCain was the Republican nominee, and he was campaigning somewhere, Minnesota actually, and a McCain supporter claimed that “Obama is an Arab,” and McCain, in public, took the microphone from her and replied, “No ma’am, he’s a decent family man, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues?”

McCain could have gone further—actually, in this instance, he did—but still, this is what you would expect pretty much anyone to do—or at least we would have, even in 2008. Of course, McCain was booed for this by the crowd.

Well, Mitt Romney had his chance yesterday to show some courage and judgment, and failed. At a town hall in Cleveland, Ohio, an audience member asserted that Barack Obama should be tried for treason. Romney kept silent at the time, only to say after the event that “of course” he disagreed with this.

Too late, Mitt—you had your chance to show some class in public, and you booted it. What a putz.