From the moment the Egyptian embassy was threatened by an unruly crowd, the Romney camp was chomping at the bit to beat the President to the microphone. Mitt got it wrong, but doubled down on his story, even claiming up through the last debate that President Obama got the events wrong as well.
Here is my take on this.
By the way Mitt tried to cross-examine Obama court-room style at the last debate, it is clear that his thinking is very linear. Event A leads to event B which leads to event C which produces result D. This kind of thinking is very common in business. In fact, there is little tolerance for any other kind of thinking.
The emergence of Big Data is slowly changing the way companies look at how human beings make decisions, but Mitt is rooted in the business world of the ’80-90s, another reason to believe his “business experience” may be more than just a little dated.
But I digress.
The truth is the chain of events that lead to things like the attack on the consulate at Benghazi is almost never a “chain;” they are more like a “web.” Intelligence officers know that — as does the President — but the challenge is to pack up the story into a narrative that contains all the web nodes without any loose ends.
And then deliver it to the American people like Linus at a Charlie Brown Christmas special. When Team Obama delivers the story at the debate on Monday, Benghazi will unravel for Mitt.