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Go Gorka!

12:14 PM, Jul 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Listen to the audio of the media horde screaming questions at Mitt Romney just after he had finished paying his respects at Poland's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and tell me you don't sympathize with the pithy comment by his aide, Rick Gorka.

Here's the exchange:

REPORTER: “Governor Romney—“
REPORTER: “—some of the mishaps on your trip?”
REPORTER: “Governor Romney, do you have a statement for the Palestinians?”
REPORTER: “What about your gaffes?”
REPORTER: “Governor Romney, do you feel that yours gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”
GORKA: “This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
REPORTER: “Governor Romney—“
GORKA: “Show some respect, Jim.”
REPORTER: “We haven't had another chance to ask him questions.”
GORKA: “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

The media's all atwitter about yet another "gaffe" that will allegedly mar the Romney trip.

Au contraire: The trip will prove to have been a big success—unless the Romney campaign succumbs to the media narrative and becomes defensive and apologetic. If team Romney hangs tough, and indeed follows up on the trip with a fighting spirit and a breadth of message that's been somewhat lacking heretofore, the trip could be an inflection point for the Romney campaign. Romney's excellent speeches, along with his visits to the Western Wall and to Gdansk and Warsaw, successfully captured an appreciation for the spirit of liberty and the West's Judeo-Christian heritage, and for those who, like Americans, have had courage to fight for both. Now Team Romney has to have the courage to stick to its guns, and to move ahead boldly and confidently.

A good start would be for Mitt Romney to walk off the plane in Boston arm-in-arm with Rick Gorka, showing solidarity with his aide who tried to insist on respect for their Polish hosts at a solemn memorial site, and who had the wit to tell the press corps what to do.

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