Romney Uses Carter as Weapon

    Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks during a press conference in the capital Cairo on January 13, 2012. The Carter Center is one of the few monitoring groups to have had a licence to witness Egypt's first post-revolution election, in which the country's two main Islamist parties have scored a crushing victory. AFP PHOTO/AMRO MARAGHI (Photo credit should read AMRO MARAGHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    More than two decades after he left office, the GOP still won’t give Jimmy Carter a break. The former president has become a Romney campaign hobbyhorse as Mitt tries to make hay out of the idea that Barack Obama is feckless and a tad befuddled—you know, just like Carter. Asked in New Hampshire whether he would have ordered the strike that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, Romney replied that “even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” Veteran GOP campaigner Peter Wehrer summed up the strategy this way: “When you mention Jimmy Carter, that lightens up certain regions of the mind and brings to mind ineptness and incompetence.”

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