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'm not picking a fight here, but you corrected a post from 'sweet tea' to 'sweet iced tea'. Technically, you are correct, but in the South, there is the phenomenon known as "Sweet Tea". To quote an outside source: "It's not iced tea, per se, at least as we know it. It's icy cold brewed tea -- served in a large glass or mug -- with double the normal amount of sugar, garnished with a mint sprig and lemon wedges.
As an example, I have friends who have hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia north .... one of the topics of conversation is how far north can you get "Sweet Tea" ... i.e. go into a restaurant and get the super sweet tea merely by asking for 'Sweet Tea' .... as opposed to the regular already-sweetened ice tea which most restaurants serve when you order iced tea & they ask "sweetened or unsweetened". :-)
The term ya’ll are looking for is CARPET BAGGER. That is exactly what Mitt is and I will Never cast a vote for that POS.
Every bit as bad as Nelson Rockefeller trying to eat a Coney Island hot dog from the side, Teresa Heinz-Kerry asking the cashier at Wendy’s “what’s chili?” or Sargent Shriver trying to order a Courvoisier in a West Virginia tavern.
I’m waiting for his “Gimme an RC and a Moon Pie” moment.
Please! We Southerners may not all have Harvard degrees, and most of us still say ain't and cain't, but we don't eat grits out of our hands. We use forks and spoons!
I’m not qualified to speak about Myth’s “Southern credentials” — I’m a dam Yankee. But my husband grew up in Alabama and Mississippi, took a shotgun every time he went fishing as a kid to defend himself against the cottonmouth snakes.
He says he has NEVER NEVER NEVER seen any Yankee as shamelessly fake and repellent as Romney (okay, maybe Kerry was worse). Of course, my husband’s language is a lot more colorful than that :-)
Pray today for the primaries. NOT-ROMNEY must WIN ALL!!!!
Carpetbagger .... I am embarrassed I didn’t think of that. PERFECTLY describes Mittens & what he’s doing in the South ....
Yep, CARPET BAGGER is what my husband called Romney (along with a few choice epithets — oh how I love how my fellah can work the English language into a gorgeous, flavorful phrase!)
>> a sweet tea world <<
Having lived in the South for more than 50 years, I don’t remember ever hearing the term “sweet tea” from one of my fellow Southerners. We call it “ice tea,” served year-round, even on the coldest days of the Winter.
(Of course, it’s ALWAYS sweet — therefore no need to specify. And yes, it’s “ice tea,” not “iced tea.” Last but not least, I was in my 20’s before I learned that tea also could be served hot!)
If you're really a Southerner, you should know that it's "ice tea" -- no "d" after the ice!
Yup. You nailed it. John Kerry 2.0.
Disgusting and slimey with his garages full of Cadillacs.
By the way, I made my man eggs, country ham, CHEESE grits and biscuits for breakfast today. We ain’ nevah heared of no chaesey gruhts bafoh.
Do you know the difference betweet yankees and damn yankees?
Yankees go home.
And "sweet tea" says it all.
There is no need to say "ice sweet tea" cause it's is unnecessary.
Sweet tea is ALWAYS served with lots of ice!
Otherwise it's like saying, "Can I have a hamburger with a bun please?"
Never could stomach sweet tea in the North. Gotta ask for iced tea with sugar. Pour in the sugar to tea that's cold and has maybe 3 ice cubes in it, stir like Hell to try and dissolve it, and then think why did I bother to order this? Imagine ordering a Co-Cola and the waitress bringing you an unsweetened Co-Cola with a pack of sugar.
ONLY way to make sweet tea is to put sugar in it while it's still hot from boiling. Cool it and grab a half gallon jug, fill it with ice, sit down and commence to supperin'.
My cheese-lover son uses cheesy grits as a dip for his biscuits :-)
I don’t care for the cheesy grits at all. But give me a plate of soft scrambled eggs, bacon, and grits with butter and salt and I’m in southern cuisine heaven.
Hold muh beer while I start up my Cadillac!
I heard this discussion this morning driving into work (Huntsville, AL). The radio host never heard of “cheesy grits” either. I figure Romney was thinking of Eric Cartman’s favorite snack and got all flummoxed and tongue tied.
Anyway, why should Romney respect the intelligence of all us Yahoos in Crackerland? Unless, of course, you are a Yahoo in Crackerland Mississippi.
LEE PAPA: “Whos saying shes hurting Obama because of the GOPs stance on womens issues now. You cant turn back the clock, and thats what they want to do. They dont want to conserve what exists, they want to actually turn it back.”
STEPHANIE MILLER: “So what happens in Crackerland this week, as we like to say? We have, what, Alabama and Mississippi coming up tomorrow.”
PAPA: “I think Santorum and Gingrich split the yahoos in Alabama and Romney just flat out wins Mississippi.”
"Awww don't feel no ways tard...ahve come too farrrrr from where I started frum."
My niece, who just turned 20, is model-gorgeous, sweet and pleasant as the day is long, and loves hunting and pickup trucks (she got a new shotgun for Christmas and was running around, showing it off to everybody). Her mom's husband---her stepfather---was from up north, and he was so worried that she might end up marrying some Southern redneck.
They're divorced now, and he's back up north. :)
LOL. I hate grits---just the sight of them makes me sick. But no one I know eats them. And the only restaurant I know of that serves "cheesy grits" is a jumped-up pretentious place that is more into "presentation" than serving edible food.
I learned that the hard way. Got quite a culinary jolt when ordering iced tea for the first time in Huntsville, AL. I learned then and there to order unsweet iced tea (this Westerner perfers it that way), but I still get sweetened tea half the time at the drive-through window.
This southerner does love pizza. :)
Saving that act for Nebraska. ;)
Pop? Coke? Where are you from? It’s Co-Cola, no matter what it is.
“Then these same people run for office and change the very things they like! Weve had enough of those kind of outsiders.”
How are these people getting into office? Obviously, they’re getting votes from somewhere.
I still voted for Santorum.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t Cheesy Grits a Food Network thing?
Real grits have salt, pepper and butter in them and are served with fried eggs.
And ham, country ham.
Every time I'm in Georgia visiting my girlfriend's family, I pay a visit to the mountains. It reminds me of my old home outside of the elevation and accents. Unfortunately, there's more and more retirement homes there....like my old area.
Then these same people run for office and change the very things they like! Weve had enough of those kind of outsiders.
I'll eat catfish, but only in the south.
Yes. Especially if you’re from Virginia.
My nieces hunt ... deer, turkey, quail, pheasant & varmints of all kinds. Both shot sporting clays on a college team so they are crack shots. The one who got married is also a really good archer with a couple of nice bucks to her credit. She is currently teaching archery instructors and working to get archery programs in the schools in the state where she lives. The wedding cake topper had a gal dragging a guy away from hunting - little sign said ‘no hunting’. With 20-20 hindsight, it would have been more accurate for the sign to say ‘go hunting’ with my niece dragging her hubby out in the field! His friends all ask him how he got so lucky - she’s a true hunter ... and beautiful, too.
A Southern woman only needs 3 things to survive any social situation: a little black dress, a string of pearls, and a Smithfield ham. :-)
‘swhy I can’t listen to Sean Hannity.
15 minuts and I start talking like him.
4, really, a smile :)
Sean lost his accent a long time ago.
You should hear me - I am worse than michael savage.
you Sir are correct...I’ll take em over catfish any day of the week
Too glib, too affable, too malleable, the eRepublican answer to Algore.
But the thing is... EVERYBODY loves pizza and canolis. Grits are ok, they’re like oatmeal, only made of corn, but they’re not to die for... It’s like when they say blacks like fried chicken and watermelon. Who among us DOESN’T like fried chicken and watermelon? Which goes back to John F’in Kerry’s famous pander, Who among us DOESN’T enjoy NAHSCAH?
“Whoever came up with the name grits wasn’t being complimentary. They taste just like a Texas sand storm. Gritty, gritty, gritty.”
Those are undercooked, or don’t have enough water, or both. Grits slow cooked with a bit of milk, and served with a pat of butter, salt and pepper are laruppin’. Stoneground grits are even better. Grits are basically polenta, without the ad campaign.
Add a barking sound coming from the trunk and your image is complete!
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