Such is the magnitude of the Romney campaign's chronic decline:
The source described the Republicans as chortling with glee that the Obama administration "definitely had intel" about the attack before it happened....
He said they were jubilant about their new strategy and said they intended to portray Obama as a helpless, Jimmy Carter-like president and to equate the tragedy in Libya with President Carter’s failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980. "They are so excited about it," he said. "Over and over again they talked about how it would be just like Jimmy Carter’s failed raid."
That--according to Craig Unger, writing for Salon--from "a highly reliable source."
Normally the opposition would think, OK, let's sort this out, let's ponder this, let's war-game it, let's explore all the possibilities of its potential success or failure. But this is the Romney camp the opposition is talking about--that habitually, preternaturally buffoonish outpost of foregone conclusions, against whom complex war-gaming might be fun, but unnecessary.
The massive hole in the Romney neocon-camp's theory is just as immensely self-evident. When you think "pre-terrorist-attack intel," is it really Democratic President Jimmy Carter who instantly comes to mind? Or Republican You-know-who?
The source ... said he was dubious about the tactic. "To me, it is indicative that they have lost touch with a huge portion of the electorate," he said.
That's the merciful, upbeat, let-'em-down-easy version. Unsparing clinical notes, on the other hand, suggest they've simply lost touch with reality: tittering about a "Carter Strategy" that has nothing to do with Carter and blathering about a tax plan that will suffer no talk of taxes.
Mitt Romney's is not the first presidential campaign to undergo an epic meltdown. But his is the first demonstrably psychotic campaign.