Skip to comments.Romney: Hooray for Whiteness! (Down the rabbit hole...)
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 ones 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 Romneys 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.
Romneys 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 Americas 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 its 1969. Even 20 years ago, it would be a valid, if evil, strategy. The question is whether enough racist white voters remain for Romneys racism to resonate, or whether the country has grown too diverse and too tolerant to fall for it.
Care2? What is that? Where do you find this crud?
How does Willard manage to run headlong into situations where he cant defend himself ???
Is he suicidal politically ???
Racism is one of the last bogs he needs to throw himself into...
Too much history there for him...
That's some BS spin. Just put an 0bama sticker on your forehead you hack.
You’re as predictable as a cuckoo clock.
The race card was played early and has lost its’ effectiveness. Romney needs to keep up the pressure for Obammy’s background info. Let’s see the college transcripts, let’s see the passports. Keep playing the white card Mitt
I remember when the Dems threw Senator Byrd out of the party. Oh wait....
Of course, because only white Americans have birth certificates....
Do not comment, do not comment, do not comment...
It’s OK for 0bummer to joke around about this.
But no one else can.
The stupidity and illogic of libs never fails to amaze me. They actually think all the white racists would be voting for a black man if the nasty Republicans weren't sending out those dog whistles. "oh yeah", says a Klan member "if Romney hadn't sent out that dog whistle about working for a living, why me and the other Klan members would be voting for Obama." Sheer fecke-ing stupidity.
“Youre as predictable as a cuckoo clock.”
Now that right thar is funny...I don’t care who ya are! :-D
On my phone so I can’t link to the post, but I said Romney should do exactly that in a press conference.
But no one else can.
I read somewhere that on o those Mac Daddy pimp guys had a pit bull named nigger.
I think that was the whole point. Not to mention the tweak of the Obama media whores.
Tweet from Jonah Goldberg at National Review:
“Fun game: every news report you hear about Mormons, replace “Mormon” with “Jew,” “black,” or “Catholic” and think how it sounds.”
Why does this phrase always make me snigger?
That sounds like you’re trying to snigger-ize Obama.
Yep and the way Romney cadged it, they may swing the door wide open to point out how little we really know about Obama and how much he has spent sealing colleg records and other tidbits that might reveal who he really is. I'm starting to think that Romney actually has a plan and the rocks to execute it to put the Great Deceiver out on the street.
Anyone notice how Mitt cleverly bumped the whole narrative off Akin? Oh, and last I checked, a majority of Americans think Zero is a Muslim and close to a majority aren’t sure if he was born here. This is a winner, despite the racist whines.
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