A while back there was a debate in the bloggysphere about whether movement conservatism suffered from ‘epistemic closure.’ Epistemic closure is poly-sci speak for ‘when lunatics only talk to each other, thereby reinforcing their mass collective psychoses.’ It’s pretty clear epistemic closure is one reason, though not the only one, why Romney made his awful statement about the Benghazi embassy attacks.
You have to be in a seriously impermeable bubble for no one on your staff to say (or feel comfortable saying), “Wait a minute. Does anyone here really believe that any president would apologize to those who conducted a military raid* on a U.S. consulate?” Of course, if your political culture in which you are immersed claims that Romneycare (now Obamacare) is socialism, that Obama routinely denigrates the dignity of the office of the presidency, and a whole bunch of other warmed-over John Bircher bullshit, then I guess you really could think that Obama would apologize to those who assaulted the U.S. consulate.
What’s more terrifying that Romney’s sick grin during his entire press conference is that his staffers are so isolated, so off the grid, that this was allowed to rise to the surface as a good idea (unless, of course, there was also a cynical motive too). An administration isn’t just the president, it’s the people he surrounds himself with, and Romney’s people are no damn good.
*It was a four hour gun battle involving rocket propelled grenades. This was not a protest gone out of control.