Wait, Isn't Mitt Romney Supposed to Be Boring?
Gail Collins thinks he's looking a little unhinged lately
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
Mitt Romney makes comments on the killing of US embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Up until now, we'd all assumed that a President Romney would be a lot less rash than Candidate Romney. There was a deal: Anything goes in the campaign, "as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. But after his comments on the Libya attacks, for all we know, he'll "declare war on Malta" or "hand the country over to space aliens."

"The one big advantage to being a boring candidate is that you give the appearance of calm and stability. But, suddenly, Romney seemed to want to go for a piquant mélange of dull and hotheaded," she writes. His supporters on the matter have been few, though they include the "totally disgraced" Donald Rumsfeld and Sen. Jon Kyl, who compared Obama's stance on the attacks to "the judge telling the woman that got raped, 'You asked for it because of the way you dressed.'" Romney was supposed to be the "stable option" among Republicans, but he "broke our deal." Click for Collins' full column.