Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Romney Dog Whistles: Foreign, Anglo-Saxon, Atlanticist


From Telegraph UK
Mitt Romney would restore "Anglo-Saxon" understanding to the special relationship between the US and Britain, and return Sir Winston Churchill's bust to the White House, according to advisers.

. . . 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”.

. . . The two advisers said Mr Romney would seek to reinstate the Churchill bust displayed in the Oval Office by George W. Bush but returned to British diplomats by Mr Obama when he took office in 2009. One said Mr Romney viewed the move as “symbolically important” while the other said it was “just for starters”, adding:

“He is naturally more Atlanticist”.

From MSNBC 7-24-2012

MITT ROMNEY: It's a very strange, and in some respects, foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. If you have a business and you started it, you did build it, and you deserve credit for that. It was not built for you by government.

MITCHELL: Without getting into the argument as to whether he is taking the President out of context over the "build it" business, he is still using the term "foreign" and I'm telling you, this is happening every day, it is a dog whistle.

CHUCK TODD: No, I've gotten a lot of – a lot of tweets about this, a lot of e-mails. People saying, "What's he doing? Why does he keep doing that? Is he dog whistling?"

MITCHELL: Well, what do you think he's doing?

TODD: And it is about – to take him at face value – it's about trying to paint the President as out of touch, that he doesn't have the experience, that it's all about...

MITCHELL: Out of touch is out of touch. Foreign is...

TODD: ...out of touch about the American economy, that he doesn't understand how capitalism works.

MITCHELL: Foreign is suggesting somebody who grew up in Indonesia, who's...

TODD: Look, I hear you.

MITCHELL: I'm telling you...

CHRIS CILLIZZA: Here's the problem, Andrea, from my perspective...

TODD: I think people hear what they want to hear on this.

MITCHELL: ...words matter.

(Starts at about minute 4.00)

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With all that money hidden Overseas....He should be careful using the term "foreigner".
~ comment by Roots Rock Reggae on Think Progress

it is stunning that repubs think that this is a path to the white house....perhaps more stunning is that voters do too.
~ comment by Bruce J on Think Progress

I seek a more perfect union. When I read the Preamble, I see the WHOLE thing. It is about everyone, not a select few. And when you make it about a chosen few, it is YOU who is Un-American.
~ TexDude50 in an essay on Daily Kos

Ummm I think they just omitted the racist dog whistle and went straight for the bullhorn.
~ comment by Raphael on ThinkProgress

Didn't this guy's family love "our" Anglo-Saxon heritage so much that they fled to Mexico?
~ comment by Sanjiv on ThinkProgress

The racist code is strong in this one.
~ comment by Charlie B. in Telegraph UK

Let's be honest, this whole Anglo-Saxon dog whistle is the gentile version of "birtherism" For any one knowledgeable in history, this is purely unabashed racism. What they are saying is that only a president who is white can fully appreciate the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
~ comment by nathkatun7 on Telegraph UK

I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of contempary Anglo-Saxon expletives and I'd like to tell him to just f*ck off
~ comment by Monster Mash on Telegraph UK

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