Unlike Mitt Romney, Ronald Reagan put patriotism ahead of party.
In 1980, when the Carter adminstration's attempted rescue of the Iranian hostages ended in disaster and death, candidate Reagan said: "This is a difficult day for all of us Americans...It is time for us...to stand united. It is a day for quiet reflection...when words should be few and confined to our prayers."
Contrast Reagan's class act with Romney's crass one: "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn the attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."
The Republican challenger's ill-informed, ill-timed rush to politicize the deaths of fellow citizens looked even worse because it came with a smirk.