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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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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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