Charles Krauthammer has a piece in the Washington Post where he calls Romney’s foreign trip a success on substantive grounds. To be fair he would not be making that point if the media had not already painted a narrative of the trip as a failure. Still, I agree with much of what Krauthammer is putting forth.
It’s obvious the media was never going to give Romney fair coverage, and really he should not expect them to do so. The MSM has reacted to the rise of conservative and right leaning media by hunkering down and “digging in” with their left wing bias. I am fine with this; I think the concept of objective media is a lie that never really existed.
That said I agree with Mr. Krauthammer that Romney’s trip was a success, but I think it depends on what “matters” to you in terms of what metrics you will use to judge it. Romney made some unforced errors and the negative coverage will cause him trouble in the election. But really, he had one minor gaff with the Brits that is easily forgettable and nothing compared to the way Obama has offended them. More importantly Romney shored up relations with two major allies, even at the expense of offending the Palestinians.
More to the point, Obama pissed off the Poles with the missile shield debacle and they had been a strong ally for years. Romney took steps to repair that relationship. As for Israel, they run their government out of Jerusalem and call it their capital so who are we to tell them otherwise. The media, Obama and the Chinese say this was a mistake, I disagree. By my count that is one minor gaffe and two wins with strong allies. The scales balance toward success by that metric.