Mitt Romney got the capital of Libya wrong in his opportunistic statement this morning criticizing the President about his handling of the attacks against the US embassy in Cairo and the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Romney referred in his statement to the "embassies" and particularly to "our embassy at Benghazi, Libya." He made the mistake three times, so it wasn't just a slip of the lip.
Any first year international relations student knows that our diplomatic offices in the capital are "embassies," and our offices in cities that are not the capital are "consulates."
I'm sure Republican apologists will say that the average American doesn't know the difference between embassies and consulates, but this represents a bigger problem for Romney: His utter lack of preparation. To convince the American people that he knows what to do in times of crisis, Romney needs to be the guy with access to all the smartest guys in the room. He's not doing that right now.
And even Paul Ryan is distancing himself from the larger Romney campaign by making a statement that doesn't back up Romney's anti-Obama stance on Libya. If Romney keeps floundering around like this, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ryan do some Palin-like triangulating to try to separate himself ideologically from the ticket in order to preserve his political future.