Dmitri Medvedev, he of iPads and Twitter, as produced as Romney but viewed nowhere near as despicably by his constituents, came out with the choicest, most delightful words in response:
Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like "enemy number one," this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past). I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate. Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.
Indeed, Romney seems to have read too many Jack Ryan tropes recently. The comment stands as another step in his rightward fall, and serves as more of the GOP’s foreign policy gaucherie, be it Newt’s scatterbrain or Santorum’s bomb-or-bust campaign. (Can you imagine how sane Ron Paul has come to look through all of this?) It’s another foot in his mouth, another laugh-at-that-gaffe moment that’s enjoyed too many already. It hails the GOP’s obsession with Reagan, in an era the Gipper would have hardly recognized. It’s amazing, really. And it is, perhaps, one more reason why experts believe that America’s number one enemy isn’t Russia, China, or even Iran, but at the end of the day, itself.