At an Ohio rally today, Mitt Romney was asked a question by a woman who commented that President Obama "should be tried for treason.” Romney, unlike John McCain in a similar situation in 2008, didn't stand up to the woman's statement:
When asked about this by a CNN reporter after the rally, Romney responded, "I don't correct all of the questions that get asked of me. Obviously I don't agree that he should be tried."
Right, obviously. Obviously, when someone accuses the president of treason—a crime punishable by death—you don't say anything to that person. You don't point out that words have specific meanings, and that it's important to use the right words or else the conversation turns into something ugly. You don't suggest that your opponent is a decent, law-abiding American citizen you happen to have disagreements with. No, you just let her spout her crazy language and give your silent assent. That's exactly what a leader does, right?