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Romney: Hooray for Whiteness! (Down the rabbit hole...)
Care2 ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jeff Fecke

Posted on 08/24/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cracked a birther joke on Friday, underlining just how much his campaign is banking on the vote of white people.

Speaking in his native state of Michigan, Romney said, “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised. Where both of us were born.” He then added, “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

The Obama campaign fired back. In a statement, the campaign said, “Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. [...] But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”

The joke played on the tired, long-discredited conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in America. More to the point, it reinforced the idea that nobody would or should ever question that Romney is a “real” American, because Mitt Romney is white.

Romney’s joke is part of a recent chorus of racist dog-whistles emanating from the Romney campaign. In recent weeks, Romney has doubled down on ads attacking Obama for eliminating the work requirement for welfare, something Obama simply has not done. While the ads may be completely false, the ads play on old racist assumptions about welfare, ground that Republicans have been mining since before Ronald Reagan was talking about “strapping young bucks” buying steaks.

Romney also told supporters in July that members of the NAACP wanted “free stuff,” implying that America’s oldest civil rights group is just looking for handouts.

Romney has struggled to win support among non-white voters; indeed, a recent NBC poll showed him with literally no support among African Americans. So Romney apparently has decided to try to win by swinging enough older, white voters to win the election.

The move represents a last gasp for the Southern Strategy, in which Republicans use racial animosity to win support from southerners and blue-collar Democrats. The strategy, pioneered by President Richard Nixon in the late 1960s, ended up swinging the “solid South” from Democrats to Republicans; as Democrats booted racists from their party, Republicans welcomed them with open arms.

The strategy worked well for two generations, unquestionably helping Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes to the presidency. With long-term demographic trends making the country more diverse, Republicans have been faced with either abandoning the strategy, tweaking it by reaching out to non-white voters, or trying to ride it until it falls apart completely.

Romney appears to have decided that his best chance is to try to campaign like it’s 1969. Even 20 years ago, it would be a valid, if evil, strategy. The question is whether enough racist white voters remain for Romney’s racism to resonate, or whether the country has grown too diverse and too tolerant to fall for it.


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KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; certifigate; obama; romney
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1 posted on 08/24/2012 7:52:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, because there are no black people born in Michigan (eg Detroit).

Wow the leftscum are getting desperate.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 7:55:55 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, because there are no black people born in Michigan (eg Detroit).

Wow the leftscum are getting desperate.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:25 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
underlining just how much his campaign is banking on the vote of white people.

No —banking on sane people—all colors, unlike race baiter 0bama.

4 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:43 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barf


5 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:53 PM PDT by map
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yet more racial crying wolf from Obama’s surrogate racebaiters.

very typical, very pathetic.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 7:58:01 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (whites are 8 times more likely to be victimized by black criminals than blacks by white criminals)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

lol...love the story. I love it that they’re so tied up with race that they think any criticism of Obama’s painfully apparent anti-Americanism is racist...


7 posted on 08/24/2012 7:58:47 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I get it. When blacks vote for blacks it means they are proud. If whites vote for whites it means they are racist. I don’t care what the Lefist race-baiters call me, as long as they LOSE and LOSE BIG.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 7:59:48 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Hooray for Whiteness!”

I agree...


9 posted on 08/24/2012 8:05:40 PM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Somebody needs to post a picture of Mitt’s Dad marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a picture of the New Black Panther Party thugs threatening white voters in Philadelphia which Eric Holder refused to prosecute and ask which news photo better represents racism.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 8:05:50 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what is racist about a birth cert?


11 posted on 08/24/2012 8:06:54 PM PDT by dalebert
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That was actually funny.
What is even funnier is that it got under the skin of the Obama campaign.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 8:08:17 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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Stop with the racist crap. Its old its tired and its nonsense.
People don’t like Obama because he is screwing the Country and can’t do the job.


13 posted on 08/24/2012 8:10:47 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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This reads like those old KKK Newspapers.... KKK was a democrat operation - now they just rewrap the racism.


14 posted on 08/24/2012 8:11:49 PM PDT by Jumper
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“what is racist about a birth cert?”

Because one guy has one and the other doesn’t and since the one who doesn’t is sorta ‘black’, it’s “racist” to mention it.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 8:14:07 PM PDT by Salamander (Happiness is a warm Python.)
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The author, Jeff Feckless

Blacks vote 95% for Obama but Southern Whites are "racist".

And I'd like to know just when Democrats started booting racists from their party as Feckless states in the article.

16 posted on 08/24/2012 8:14:10 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The liberal progressives are desperate. All they have are a very few devicive cards, like this race card...but it is old and tattered and does not have any “trump” left to it.

And with the 2016 movie getting so wildly popular all over the country...I believe the narcisist might just blow a gord before November.

The Man who Depsises America
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama-time.htm


17 posted on 08/24/2012 8:14:10 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: piytar
So Romney brings up the birth certificate?

Next, Romney will bring up the college transcripts:

He will say:

Here's my college transcripts, where are yours?

If you want my tax records, show us your transcripts?

18 posted on 08/24/2012 8:19:43 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course, because only white Americans have birth certificates....

(/sarc)


19 posted on 08/24/2012 8:19:58 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Booted racists from the party and the republicans welcomed them? Name one.

He either lied about being born here or lied about being born in Kenya. Either way, he lied, Feckless.

I don’t know why they’re doing this. Could it be they need 100% of the black vote? Everyone who’s going to vote for obama have already decided. And calling republicans racists is not going sway someone who’s already swayed.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 8:20:50 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To all my relatives and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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