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Mitt Romney’s grits and catfish act goes too far for Southern critics
Boston Herald ^ | March 13, 2012 | Hillary Chabot

Posted on 03/13/2012 5:20:37 AM PDT by Zakeet

Mitt Romney’s transformation into a cheesy grits- and catfish-loving, ya’ll-uttering good ol’ boy in the face of tight contests in Mississippi and Alabama today is being panned by critics — skeptical Southern party officials and pundits.

“If you’re going to pander, at least pander well, and this isn’t pandering well,” said Stephen Gordon, a Republican consultant based in Birmingham, Ala. The former Bay State governor is a Yankee, Gordon said, and will always face skepticism no matter how many catfish filets he raves about.

“People in the Deep South have a bit of a natural distrust for Northerners, especially folks from the Northeast,” said Gordon, who is not affiliated with any campaign in the Republican presidential contest. “There are cultural differences, stemming all the way back to the Civil War, and they affect the way people perceive Mr. Romney.”

Romney, who praised the local delicacy known as cheesy grits during a campaign stop in Jackson, Miss., last week, told a crowd in Mobile, Ala., yesterday that he’s developing a taste for catfish, after telling a South Carolina restaurant owner that he’s “not a catfish man” earlier this year.

“I’m learning to say ‘y’all’ and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me,” Romney joked while stumping in Pascagoula, Miss., over the weekend.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 2012election; backstabberromney; bigdig4u; deathpanels4u; romney; romneycare4u; romneyfees4u; romneylies4u; romneytheliar; saboteurromney
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I's a Dixie Boy through and through ... who likes grits and pone ... just as sure as I's again' abortion and fo guns ... y'all!

1 posted on 03/13/2012 5:20:45 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

“Can I get me a hunting license?”


2 posted on 03/13/2012 5:23:35 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Zakeet
http://www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/
3 posted on 03/13/2012 5:24:49 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Zakeet
Mitt's a disingenuous idiot and Southerners (particularly the men) can see right through him.

If he is somehow miraculously elected...it will not be because of the South.

4 posted on 03/13/2012 5:26:00 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: Zakeet
“I’m learning to say ‘y’all’ and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me,” Romney joked while stumping in Pascagoula, Miss., over the weekend.

There is no limit to Romney's pandering. But we knew that already.

5 posted on 03/13/2012 5:26:21 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Zakeet

““I’m learning to say ‘y’all’ and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me,” Romney joked while stumping in Pascagoula, Miss., over the weekend.”

He is handling it better than most yamn dankees.


6 posted on 03/13/2012 5:27:06 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Zakeet

That, I say, that’s a joke, son!


7 posted on 03/13/2012 5:27:07 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Zakeet
Michigan Mitt

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The man is an insult to every crowd he speaks to.
8 posted on 03/13/2012 5:27:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Zakeet

channel cats were biting like crazy yesterday. young rednecks were in the water flipping 25 lb carp into their boat. it was amazing.
north fork of lake conroe


9 posted on 03/13/2012 5:29:06 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Zakeet

and IF he adds “Bless Your Heart, Sugar and I’ll take some Sweet Tea Please” . . . I think I’ll get sick to my stomach. Seemed very fake to me. I’m a Texan first, Southerner next and even I’ve never eaten grits. LOL


10 posted on 03/13/2012 5:29:31 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: RoosterRedux
Mitt's a disingenuous idiot and Southerners (particularly the men) can see right through him.

You are gravely underestimating Southern women. We know the difference between cheese grits and 'true grit' and Mitt doesn't have the latter.

11 posted on 03/13/2012 5:33:20 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: elpadre

Saying that “I’m learning to say y’all” is worse than saying it with a Boston accent. What’s next out of this asshat? My favorite meal is peanut butter and nanner samiches?! Will he visit Dale Earnhardt’s grave?


12 posted on 03/13/2012 5:37:54 AM PDT by albie
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To: MissMagnolia

Please accept my apologies for my error! I stand corrected.;-)


13 posted on 03/13/2012 5:38:55 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: Zakeet


14 posted on 03/13/2012 5:40:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: RoosterRedux

Accepted :-)


15 posted on 03/13/2012 5:41:49 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: albie

He paid Jeff Foxworthy to appear at his birthday celebration last night.


16 posted on 03/13/2012 5:42:08 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: albie

Yep. The idiot felt the need to tell us Michiganders that our trees were the perfect height and that the great lakes aren’t saltwater.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 5:46:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Zakeet
Romney is such a fake. He can argue any side of the issue

as his wife says.

18 posted on 03/13/2012 5:46:17 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Zakeet

Eatin’ grits is a sterotype of southerners. I’ve lived in Mississippi or Alabama for 49 years. I can count the number of times I’ve consumed a grit on both hands. Waffle house is the only restaurant I know of that serves them. And “cheesy grits”? What the hell is that? I’ve got to go- my possum is gettin cold.


19 posted on 03/13/2012 5:47:14 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: Zakeet
I honestly don't know why any candidate does this. It might have worked 50 years ago, but not in this day and age. I would advise a candidate such as Mitt to just come out and say, “Yeah, I'm a Yankee. I'm not going to insult your intelligence by pretending I'm not. But the problems facing this country aren't limited to the North or South...” (then maybe toss in a couple self-deprecating Yankee jokes).
20 posted on 03/13/2012 5:48:47 AM PDT by apillar
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To: BO Stinkss

The pandering is getting insane.

I have a thick Nu Yawk accent and wince at the idea of trying to ever have to fake stuff like that and would hate if some southern pol tried to pander to me by saying he loves pizza and canolis.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 5:49:56 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Zakeet

Mitt’s GRITS are much Hilary’s “I’m so tired and weapy’ statement to a crowd of black people.


22 posted on 03/13/2012 5:50:54 AM PDT by CHEE (if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot. - Congressman Davy Crockett)
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To: Zakeet

Mitt’s a club soda with a twist of lime in a sweet tea world.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 5:51:29 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Zakeet

Gee, if us Suthenners is so dumb, how come it is that so many of us can see rat thru Mitt Rominey? Whut’s he pollin’ now down South, 15%?


24 posted on 03/13/2012 5:55:10 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: Zakeet

Ah ain’t no ways tarred of hearin about this.


25 posted on 03/13/2012 5:55:41 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: N. Theknow
"Mitt’s a club soda with a twist of lime in a sweet tea world."

That may be tagline worthy! Love it!

26 posted on 03/13/2012 5:57:28 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: Zakeet

Hopefully this is the one and only time that this bum will come to Dixie. We are going to have to scrub the state clean now that he slimed it. Hopefully he loses and goes back to Utah or where ever and we don’t hear from John Kerry the Second any more.


27 posted on 03/13/2012 6:04:11 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (God is watching America. He is judging America. He does not like what He is seeing.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I totally lost respect for Foxworthy after this. Will endure NOT to watch him any more.


28 posted on 03/13/2012 6:07:05 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (God is watching America. He is judging America. He does not like what He is seeing.)
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To: N. Theknow
Mitt’s a club soda with a twist of lime in a sweet tea world.

Corrected:

Mitt’s a club soda with a twist of lime in a sweet iced tea world.
29 posted on 03/13/2012 6:10:09 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Zakeet

Why is being Southern equated to being stupid?

I’m a college graduate, I’ve had in-door plumbing for 60 years, I wear shoes, I own guns and expect to meet my Maker some day.

But, I don’t suffer fools lightly and am not fooled by some damned Yankee! I resent, mightily, the imposition of forced Northern values on my culture!


30 posted on 03/13/2012 6:10:32 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: RetiredArmy

“Hopefully this is the one and only time that this bum will come to Dixie. We are going to have to scrub the state clean now that he slimed it.”

Agreed. And slime it he did. As the father of taxpayer funded abortions in America, he attempted to paint BOTh Gingirch and Santorum aa pro-abortion. The Whitewashed Jackass prophecy has come to town. I will -relish- voting today, -against- Bishop Willard and every Voodoo Republican empty suit behind him. That includes you, Boss Hogg.


31 posted on 03/13/2012 6:10:44 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Governor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: cpa4you

“I resent, mightily, the imposition of forced Northern values on my culture!”

Soviet Union goes bankrupt, Ukraine goes free.


32 posted on 03/13/2012 6:12:13 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Governor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Zakeet

At least he didn’t put on bib overalls and stick a hay stalk in his mouth.


33 posted on 03/13/2012 6:12:40 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Zakeet
What should happen, is they spank him to show that he is NOT

wanted as the nominee. Why the polls show him in 1st and 2nd

is beyond insane. Romneycare/Mass Kennedy liberal/flip flop.

34 posted on 03/13/2012 6:12:48 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: agere_contra
“Can I get me a hunting license?”

Wow, had forgotten about that one!

35 posted on 03/13/2012 6:14:11 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: RoosterRedux; Questori; lightman; SF_Redux

“If he is somehow miraculously elected...”

The FIX IS IN, AND HAS BEEN, ALL ALONG. He WILL be nominated by GOP-e, and all this primary crap is just for “show” and $ from campaigns benefit of media bottom-lines.


36 posted on 03/13/2012 6:18:11 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL!


37 posted on 03/13/2012 6:19:06 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: BO Stinkss
If you've lived in the south for 49 years and the only place you know of that serves grits is waffle house...well, you didn't get out of your house much.
38 posted on 03/13/2012 6:19:21 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: MissMagnolia

“..gravely underestimating Southern women..”

Northeastern conservative women are relying on our southern sisters to graciously knock some sense into this country. We are hopelessly outnumbered up here by liberal feminazis.

Here’s to the ladies of the south and thank you for seeing right through Romney’s act despite the dyed pompadour
with the “graying” temples.


39 posted on 03/13/2012 6:20:02 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: crosshairs

-——Ah ain’t no ways tarred of hearin about this.———

Ahm tarred of suthin’ Hilry. But ah ain’t no ways tarred of Preacher Gore. Ah miss im.


40 posted on 03/13/2012 6:20:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Qwackertoo
You forgot “God love you”.
I'm a Texan by heritage, but live in Tn. Whoever came up with the name “grits” wasn't being complimentary. They taste just like a Texas sand storm. Gritty, gritty, gritty.
41 posted on 03/13/2012 6:26:47 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: BO Stinkss

oh, i love grits and get them when i can. but never heard of cheesy grits, but i would be willing to try them. i’d probably like them cause i love cheese.

i think romney has decided that he likes the south


42 posted on 03/13/2012 6:33:14 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Zakeet

We think you’re pretty cheesy too Mitt.


43 posted on 03/13/2012 6:33:14 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Zakeet

Mitt R0mney is such a ****ing doofus, Good God!


44 posted on 03/13/2012 6:40:13 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: stonehouse01

I gave my two nieces some advice, which I rarely do. I told them that when they are chosing a husband, not to marry a man with a handshake like a sweaty marshmallow. At the time, I worked in a bank and in my job, I shook quite a few sweaty marshmallow hands ..... Romney reminds me of those banker types a lot. BTW, one of my nieces just married a couple of months ago - good ol’ Southern boy (college educated), hunts, fishes, can fix anything, and dearly loves God, country and my niece. She chose well .... and she’ll vote for ‘true grit’ as well, along with a lot of other Southern women who find the shallow pandering drawl & grits comments offensive. Still waters run deep & so do Southern women.


45 posted on 03/13/2012 6:40:56 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Zakeet

Vinny Gambini: So , Mr. Romney, what do you like for breakfast?

Mittens: Eggs and grits.

Vinny Gambini: Eggs and grits. I like grits, too. How do you cook your grits? Do you like them regular, creamy or al dente?

Mittens: Just regular I guess.

Vinny Gambini: Regular. Instant grits?

Mittens: No self respectin’ Southerner uses instant grits. I take pride in my grits.

Vinny Gambini: So, Mr. Romney, how could it take you 5 minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit eating world 20 minutes?

Mittens: I don’t know, I’m a fast cook I guess.

Vinny Gambini: I’m sorry I was all the way over here I couldn’t hear you did you say you were a fast cook, that’s it?

Mittens: Yeah.

Vinny Gambini: Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than anywhere else on the face of the earth?

Mittens: I don’t know.

Vinny Gambini: Well, I guess the laws of physics cease to exist on top of your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?


46 posted on 03/13/2012 6:44:37 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

lol :)


47 posted on 03/13/2012 6:49:07 AM PDT by AnTiw1 (...after two decades in a mormon hell, i will not live in a country with a mormon president...)
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To: cpa4you

The South has changed A LOT in past thirty yrs. I grew up in eastern NC.

Speaking of stupid. I just moved from the east to our mtns here in NC. And I live with the natives. Wow, at first I thought these people were stupid, but they are smart, talented and very industrious (after all they and their ancestors had to survive the winters here). Their children and grandchildren are getting educated and making good money. The Depression didn’t end in mtns until early seventies. I love the natives. They have the same values that I learned growing up in eastern NC.

But what gets me and my native friends are the northerners that come here and say “Oh we love your mtns - it is so quaint here” Then these same people run for office and change the very things they like! We’ve had enough of those kind of outsiders. Our mtns are beautiful and natives have cared for them for centuries.

Hard to get rid of northerners once they come.


48 posted on 03/13/2012 6:51:18 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: agere_contra

Everyone knows crappies are better than catfish.


49 posted on 03/13/2012 6:54:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: dirtboy

I know about cheese grits, but I’ve never heard anyone describe them as “cheesy grits.”


50 posted on 03/13/2012 6:55:13 AM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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