I feel a little weird writing this, as I like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin immensely (especially Levin), but I think I can see (or hear) what’s coming, and since I’ll be out of pocket for the rest of the day, I thought it best to comment on it now.
Unless I miss my guess, the hours of noon to 8PM will be filled with invective hurled against John McCain for his insistence that Mitt Romney supported timetables for an Iraq withdrawal. I haven’t heard Rush yet, but Sean Hannity all but called McCain a liar last night on TV, and Mark Levin explicitly insists McCain lied.
The trouble is, Romney really did support a timetable for withdrawal.
When asked by ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” if he believes there should be a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Romney replied, “Well, there’s no question that the president and Prime Minister al Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about, but those shouldn’t be for public pronouncement.”
The fact that Romney would not support a public timetable (you’ll hear Romney’s pledge to veto a timetable by Congress over and over again – keep that little detail in mind), doesn’t mean he opposed any timetable.
Additionally, let’s not forget how well secrets are kept in Washington. Does anyone really think Bush and al-Maliki have ever discussed a timetable? It would have made the New York Times in days. Romney should have known this – and I suspect he did, and was trying to hedge his bets.
The point is, John McCain was right; Mitt Romney did support a withdrawal timetable, no matter how loud his new friends in talk radio deny it.