Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mitt's Epic Anglo-Saxon Fail
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.
. . . Obama is a Left-winger," said another. "He doesn’t value the Nato alliance as much, he’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory'.”
. . . He is naturally more Atlanticist.
~ Two Unnamed Romney Surrogates quoted by Telegraph UK
Wednesday, July 25: Mitt Romney touched down in London early Wednesday for the first leg of a week-long overseas tour to find a foot already in his mouth.
It's not true. If anyone said that, they weren't reflecting the views of Gov. Romney or anyone inside the campaign.
~ Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg in a statement to ABC News
Basically, their argument is Romney would just identify more with Cameron because he's white. That's really what they were saying.
~ Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics
It was sixth century British monk Gildas who saw the coming of the Anglo-Saxons as God's punishment for the sins of the Britons – an apocalyptic view that would be right at home in the delusional wing of the Republican party, and proof that the basic British distrust of foreigners was alive and well long before the barbarians invaded. If the Anglo-Saxons taught us anything, it is surely that we are all foreigners in our own country. Perhaps the Republicans can draw some inspiration from that.
~ Ian Vince in The Guardian UK
Here's a Republican Presidential candidate saying that we should be more like the country that gave us King George to an audience that calls themselves the Tea Party. Ye gods, these people are the weakest link.
Hey Mittens? Want to be more like England? How about universal health care? How about all the strong social safety net and all the other European things that Republicans say they really, really hate. And why are Republicans suddenly embracing their inner British Loyalist now? Because the President is a black man and a Democrat, of course. I honestly sometimes wish President Obama would come out in favor of breathing oxygen, as it would cause some of his most ignorant haters to asphyxiate themselves out of pure spite.
~ Ministry of Truth in a Daily Kos essay entitled "Do Shut the Hell Up Like a Good Chap"
Anglo-Saxon is a bit of a misnomer, but even if we look past that and just accept the term as a colloquialism for the English people who were long ago ruled by Angle and Saxon lords, the idea that the U.S. and U.K. share an Anglo-Saxon identity still isn't really accurate. The 2001 U.K. census found that 85 percent of the country is ethnically "white British," which includes the Irish and Scottish whose forefathers were never under Anglo-Saxon rule.
~ from an article on Atlantic Wire article entitled "Sorry, Romney: Neither America Nor the U.K. Are 'Anglo-Saxon' Countries"
Despite his promises that politics stops at the water's edge, Gov. Romney's wheels hadn't even touched down in London before his advisers were reportedly playing politics with international diplomacy.
. . . The comments reported this morning are a disturbing start to a trip designed to demonstrate Gov. Romney’s readiness to represent the United States on the world’s stage. Not surprisingly, this is just another feeble attempt by the Romney campaign to score political points at the expense of this critical partnership. This assertion is beneath a presidential campaign.
~ Vice President Joe Biden
T]he Vice President of the United States used an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper to prop up their flailing campaign. We have very serious problems confronting our nation and American families are hurting, yet the Obama campaign continues to try to divert voters' attention with specious shiny objects. We have more faith in American voters, and know they will see this latest desperate ploy for what it is.
~ Romney spokesman Ryan Williams quoted in the LA Times
One of his advisers violated exactly what they said they wouldn't do which is criticize the president beyond the borders of the U.S.
This is a case where there is a continuous fumbling of the foreign policy football here, and it does raise a question as to whether Mitt Romney and his team are ready to have serious conversation about a foreign policy
~ Obama Spokesperson Jen Psaki
Wow!! What happened to the traditional practice of not bashing the president when speaking overseas?! Romney better get a leash on his advisers, because this behavior is disgraceful.
~ comment by jostasauce on The Daily Beast
He's unintelligible in modern English, let him talk like Chaucer if he wants
~ comment by MikeDow on Guardian UK
I don't think the 'Anglo-Saxon' thing is intended so much for British ears. Like Romney really cares about what we think.
It's a laughably crude little dog whistle attempt to whip up the Republican core vote against the 'Kenyan/Marxist/Indonesian' President.
~ comment by myfellowprisoners on Guardian UK
It's almost as if 1066 and all that never happened for Mittens and his fellow believers...
~ comment by killerontheroad on Guardian UK
Doesn't Romney know the origins of his own surname are Anglo-Norman, not Anglo-Saxon anyway? Duplicitous French cochon (swine)!
~ comment by Wordy Rappinghood on Slate
Romney Uber Alles 2012!
~ comment by The Tick on Slate
Apparently the new GOP thinks George Washington, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine and their ilk were of questionable character for not kowtowing to everything the British wanted. Why do Republicans hate our founding fathers so viciously??
~ comment by Mark on Slate
Did someone really say that? Wow. They can parlay this into campaign slogan for Romney: "Trust me, I'm 100% white." Or maybe they can replace this person with the McCain staffer from Pittsburgh who carved a B into her face, said she was robbed, and blamed it on a black man. This won't be the last racist garbage from Republicans this year, or even this week.
~ comment by cheesegypsy on Slate
Samuel Adams: What is an "Atlanticist"? Is Mittens making crap up again?
The Tick: Maybe it means he believes in Atlantis.
Penguin: Maybe that's where he has some of his off-shore accounts. No one will ever find those.
Deeter: Romney is Aquaman
Conversation on Slate
In other words, Romney is "The Great White Dope" for all the tea-party "Americuns"
Expect more embarrassment from RMoney overseas, he does not have a clue.
~ comment by Immir on Atlantic Wire
Romney insulted Irish, Welsh, Scottish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Russian, and for the other White immigrants that are not Anglo-Saxon; my apologies, you know who you are.
And that of course does not include African, Hispanic, Native American, Chinese, and all the other nationalities (my apologies for not naming everyone) that make up the glorious mosaic that we call THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!
~ comment by Icansee4miles on Atlantic Wire