Mitt Romney may be the GOP's best actor. He has a foot in every camp, and a position or three on every issue. But as Hurricane Sandy showed this week, the job he's auditioning for so earnestly for demands more than posturing and prose, it demands decisions. It demands a president.
And Romney has a presidential problem.
Ever so adept at pandering, when real situations emerge whether in Benghazi or along the Atlantic coast, Romney's facade crumbles. Reminiscent of John McCain's fumble of the 2008 crisis, Romney has alternately committed to keeping the campaign on track, only to cancel events before directing people to donate goods at campaign offices rather than the Red Cross.
This all from a candidate who thinks that coordinated disaster response is best left to the states, or better yet, the private sector.The depths of this candidate's ignorance of how disaster relief is actually coordinated mirrors his ignorance of diplomatic protocol, military procurement and the realities of the federal budget.
Simply put, for a man who has spent most of his adult life striving to be presidential, he has not shown he is ready for the stresses of the office.
This is in stark contrast to President Obama, who's coordinated response to this hurricane has drawn praise from Republicans and Democrats alike, including Governor Chris Christie. After years of hard work rebuilding FEMA, smoothing coordination between local, state and federal first responders and investing in American infrastructure and communications equipment, we can see who is the better leader, the calmer voice and the more presidential.