Skip to comments.Mitt Romney’s grits and catfish act goes too far for Southern critics
Posted on 03/13/2012 5:20:37 AM PDT by Zakeet
Mitt Romneys transformation into a cheesy grits- and catfish-loving, yall-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 youre going to pander, at least pander well, and this isnt 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 hes developing a taste for catfish, after telling a South Carolina restaurant owner that hes not a catfish man earlier this year.
Im learning to say yall and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me, Romney joked while stumping in Pascagoula, Miss., over the weekend.
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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!
“Can I get me a hunting license?”
If he is somehow miraculously elected...it will not be because of the South.
There is no limit to Romney's pandering. But we knew that already.
“Im learning to say yall 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.
That, I say, that’s a joke, son!
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
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
You are gravely underestimating Southern women. We know the difference between cheese grits and 'true grit' and Mitt doesn't have the latter.
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?
Please accept my apologies for my error! I stand corrected.;-)
He paid Jeff Foxworthy to appear at his birthday celebration last night.
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.
as his wife says.
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.
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.
Mitt’s GRITS are much Hilary’s “I’m so tired and weapy’ statement to a crowd of black people.
Mitt’s a club soda with a twist of lime in a sweet tea world.
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%?
Ah ain’t no ways tarred of hearin about this.
That may be tagline worthy! Love it!
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.
I totally lost respect for Foxworthy after this. Will endure NOT to watch him any more.
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!
“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.
“I resent, mightily, the imposition of forced Northern values on my culture!”
Soviet Union goes bankrupt, Ukraine goes free.
At least he didn’t put on bib overalls and stick a hay stalk in his mouth.
wanted as the nominee. Why the polls show him in 1st and 2nd
is beyond insane. Romneycare/Mass Kennedy liberal/flip flop.
Wow, had forgotten about that one!
“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.
“..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.
-——Ah aint 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.
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
We think you’re pretty cheesy too Mitt.
Mitt R0mney is such a ****ing doofus, Good God!
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.
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?
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?
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.
Everyone knows crappies are better than catfish.
I know about cheese grits, but I’ve never heard anyone describe them as “cheesy grits.”