Wednesday, July 25, 2012

He'll Lose the Jute Vote for Sure!

Oh, great, here we have a report of a Romney adviser making a statement which is a prime example of race-baiting:


“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”.


Funny, I may be as white as the Ace of Teeth, but I sure as hell don't identify with an "Anglo-Saxon heritage". This "adviser" can K.M.R.I.A. Hell, what the fuck does "Anglo-Saxon heritage" even mean in this century? The last Anglo-Saxon ruler in England was Harold Godwinson who was killed in 1066. The nobility of England since the Battle of Hastings have been a mixture of the descendents of Norman French and thin-blooded German aristocrats. Reflecting on that, it's probably a pity that England ceased to have an Anglo-Saxon heritage, because the Anglo-Saxon social structure was less stratified than that of most other contemporaneous societies. Also, Harold Godwinson had a fine way of turning a phrase. For a good basic overview of the last days of the Anglo-Saxon rule in England, I recommend David Howarth's 1066: The Year of the Conquest. I'm also a fan of King Harald's saga, which chronicles the first invasion of England in 1066, which occupied Harold Godwinson before his death at the Battle of Hastings.

Getting back to the original quote about the White House didn’t fully appreciating the shared history that those Anglo-Saxon Heritage glorifiers have, I imagine that the speaker is referring to President Obama's anti-colonial ideology, which is to say, his blackity, black, blackness and general negrotude. It's a loud, lousy dogwhistle, which can only appeal to bigoted old "nativists". I can't see it working with younger, more multicultural demographics... I think President Obama has the Jute vote pretty much sewn up.

Aww... now Romney's camp is denying that the individual making the comment is involved with the campaign. Does this mean that Romney's disavowing his English roots?

9 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

No, it just means Rmoney is letting the surrogates do their dirty work (Ni-CLANG! Ni-CLANG!), while maintaining non-plausible deniability.

(See the Bush campaign in S.C. in 2000 for another example: "No, we didn't suggest McCain fathered a black child. Heavens, such a mean thing to say!)
~

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

He's an outsourcer!

mikey said...

This is a fairly predictable response from the Romney campaign to their biggest problem - they desperately want to "etch-a-Sketch" their positions toward the center for the general election, but the right wing teabagger purity police doesn't trust their bona fides enough to stand for even a tiny tack from the extreme right.

So the only options are to divide the labor between the "independent" superPACs and the campaign itself. This is interesting because we're seeing the "unofficial" spokes taking the more right-wing bigoted role that the campaign can then deny, but we'll also see those roles reversed and the campaign taking the more moderate role and being covered by the PACs...

wiley said...

Who truly understands the WASPs--- uh--- WASs like rich white people? I heartily invite him to dig up Maggie Thatcher's corpse and hump it all the way to November 4th.

M. Bouffant said...

Believe it or shove it, M.T. (see what I ...) is still alive. Also horrified to see she was born four yrs. to the day after my mother (maybe there is something to astrology) who is dead, &, awful as she was, deserved to have out lived Ol' Iron Pants. Granted, Maggie caught Reagan's disease from him & may not technically be "alive."

Also, as a Jute-ancestored person ('though still a pathetic Francophile) I will be voting for Obama this yr.

M. Bouffant said...

Fourby, one of BJ people has been messing w/ that yerba mate stuff you use. He didn't like it.

Smut Clyde said...

now Romney's camp is denying that the individual making the comment is involved with the campaign.

The Daily Torygraph is standing by its report, but on the other hand it has a proud record of making shit up. The story strikes me as too well-tailored for the UK readership to be entirely the work of Romney's 'advisers'. This is, after all, the paper that gave us Niles Gardiner's list of "President Obama’s top ten insults against Britain". It is concerned only with cultivating a sense of grievance among a lower-middle-class UK stratum who consider themselves Intellectuals because they don't read the Sun or the Daily Mail.

I mean, one of the 'advisers' is quoted as saying [Obama] wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory' -- apparently under the impression that this is the US national anthem. Then there is the whole business of "Bammy sent the Churchill bust back to the UK!!!" -- which despite Beck's attempts to make some mileage out of it, really only resonates with the Torygraph's readers, rather than being a US concern.

My suspicion is that the two anonymous informants are calling themselves "Romney advisers" on the basis that once they sent a couple of e-mails to the Romney campaign telling him their opinions.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

hmph. If Obama never called them "mouth-breathing stoop-shouldered tea bags with lousy dental hygiene and inbred rulers, consoling themselves with tattered remnants of their history and appalling food" I think those top ten insults have a way to go.

That's why I refuse to vote Obama.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

This is a fairly predictable response from the Romney campaign to their biggest problem - they desperately want to "etch-a-Sketch" their positions toward the center for the general election, but the right wing teabagger purity police doesn't trust their bona fides enough to stand for even a tiny tack from the extreme right.

I'm hoping for a schism at the convention- Paulbots vs Santorum Fanciers vs Establishment Romneyites.

I heartily invite him to dig up Maggie Thatcher's corpse and hump it all the way to November 4th.

He'd chafe himself on "Iron Peg's" corpus.

Believe it or shove it, M.T. (see what I ...) is still alive. Also horrified to see she was born four yrs. to the day after my mother (maybe there is something to astrology) who is dead, &, awful as she was, deserved to have out lived Ol' Iron Pants.

Wow, that some revealing content, old chum.

Fourby, one of BJ people has been messing w/ that yerba mate stuff you use. He didn't like it.

Interesting, I swear by the stuff.

It is concerned only with cultivating a sense of grievance among a lower-middle-class UK stratum who consider themselves Intellectuals because they don't read the Sun or the Daily Mail.

The lower-middle-class stratum who consider themselves Anglo-Saxons, and are torn between hating and toadying to their Norman "betters"?

If Obama never called them "mouth-breathing stoop-shouldered tea bags with lousy dental hygiene and inbred rulers, consoling themselves with tattered remnants of their history and appalling food" I think those top ten insults have a way to go.

I'm pretty sure he called them "meat-pie eating meat-bags", but I have no evidence. I can haz wingnut welfare check nao?