Once again, big thanks to my favorite blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars for this story.
Mitt “Etch-a-Sketch” Romney, the GOP presidential candidate, is on a tour overseas, possibly to visit all the jobs he created at Bain. One of his advisers talked to the British media and decided to see if “otherizing” Obama would work as well there as it does in the southern United States.
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”.
Once the statement was released, Romney quickly attempted to short circuit any possible backlash. After all, everyone who that sort of slime would be effective on had already heard it.
“It’s not true,’’ said campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign.”
Contrary to what all of us are thinking, she did not also add “wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more!”