Romney Campaign Keeps Going Full Racist, Promises "Anglo-Saxon" Relations With UK?
Just this week, AlterNet's Adele Stan wrote about the Romney campaign going to the trough of racist tactics against President Obama as a distraction from the Bain questions buzzing around the GOP candidate, saying, " it is fair to say that Romney is hard at work nurturing the resentments of racially prejudiced people, not all of whom are capable of keeping their behavior in check -- and he's doing it all for the purpose of hiding the provenance of his own money in his quest for the White House. "
It seems like the campaign is continuing down that road. A number of advisors have been trying to boost Romney's virtually-nonexistent international street cred, and one spoke to the Telegraph using a phrase that isn't even subtle enough to be a dog-whistle:
In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
Psst, I think he means the White House doesn't understand that "special relationship" because, have you heard, the President's black? And that means he's missing so much history: Oh yes, those good old-timey days of solid Anglo-Saxon relations between the stiff-upper-lip redcoats and their hearty colonial counterparts. You know, back when they really understood each other and spent their spare time shooting, tar and feathering, and burning each others' fortifications pell-mell while engaging in the genocidal slave trade on both sides.
Good idea, Romney camp. Let's return to those days!
UPDATE: And the campaign is in damage-control/denial mode. From CBS:
Andrea Saul, Romney's press secretary, disputed the comments and emphasized that they did not reflect the beliefs of the former Massachusetts governor.
"It's not true. If anyone said that, they weren't reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign," she told CBSNews.com in an email.
Per the Telegraph, this adviser and others quoted in the story spoke anonymously because they were not authorized by the Romney campaign to criticize Mr. Obama to foreign media.