Devastating photo by AP photojournalist Charles Dharpak of Mitt Romney leaving the podium yesterday following his statement and presser about the U.S. consulate killings in Benghazi, Libya.

Sarah Jones suggests he’s a sociopath:

I believe Mitt Romney loves his family, and I believe he’s been kind to personal friends. However, I see no evidence that he is capable of extending empathy or compassion to those not in his inner circle, those whom he doesn’t view as an extension of himself and therefore worthy of kindness.

Update: I see Romney has a top foreign policy aide suggesting in an alternative universe where President Romney was elected in 2008, there are no anti-American protests in the Middle East Muslim majority countries in 2012, thus no murdered ambassador. TPM:

[Richard Williamson] blamed the attack that killed Stevens on Obama’s handling of the region, arguing that the Muslim world would have held the hypothetical Romney administration of 2008-2012 in much greater esteem, which would have prevented violent protests over an anti-Muslim film like the one that led to Stevens’s death.

I guess the Romney campaign is doubling (tripling?) down as a way to sow the political ground given the spike in anti-American anger in the Middle East. Things a volatile and unpredictable, high risk/high reward.

Team Romney is always ready to blame __________ on Obama just as a matter of course, but there’s something about the starkness of this strategy (sickness?) when it’s directed at a foreign policy crisis. They’re a cavalier, desperate bunch.

Update 2: Joan Walsh at Salon suggests Romney’s behavior is “almost sociopathic.

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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