Romney Campaign to Britain: Us White Guys Should Stick Together

From the British Telegraph, which pretty regularly publishes pro-rightie views:

As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America’s enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.

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”.

May prompt accusations of racial insensitivity? And as a Celtic-American, I would add that some of us don’t identify as “Anglo-Saxons.”

Elsewhere, Romney watchers are calling his foreign policy ideas brilliant — if it were still 1956. See Mitt Romney still fighting cold war and Mitt Romney’s Overseas Trip Smacks of Cold War Nostalgia.

19 thoughts on “Romney Campaign to Britain: Us White Guys Should Stick Together

  1. My maternal grandparents are from somewhere near Ballingeary, Ireland.

    Romney = Serial-liar.

  2. Chief, Obama’s maternal great-great-great grandfather migrated to the U.S. from Moneygall, Ireland, in 1850. May hap, you two are related.

    The downside, unfortunately, is that you then may also be related to Dick Cheney. According to his wife, Lynne, he and Obama are 8th cousins. Dammit.

  3. I think he is taking foreign policy ideas from John Bolton, war’s best friend. Just what we need.

  4. Rich Americans have long had Anglophilia, because they really like the idea of a country that actually acknowledges a hereditary aristocracy, and they see themselves in it.

    And, as Downton Abbey fans know, the British upper classes have long had a thing for the money of rich Americans, just ask Tony Blair.

  5. In the Conservatives desire to ‘take America back’ to pre-Civil Rights days, it sounds like Mitt’s campaign staff is missing an opportunity – they should stick Mitt in a button-down cardigan sweater, give him a pipe, and make political ads about ‘My Five Sons.’
    Of course, they’ll still have to install the “Thoughtfulness” and “Empathy” software that he lacks, and Fred McMurray oozed.
    The only thing Mitt oozes is disingenuousness.

    And I am heartily sick of all of the ‘Code-talking.’ Look, just go ahead and say what you want to – the “N-word.’ You’ll all feel better – and it’s not like “Rational America” doesn’t know what all of the bullsh*t you’re spewing is really about – racism as a wedge issue.

    And does anyone remember the old adage about criticizing the President – ‘Political criticism stops at the water’s edge”?
    Does anyone think that Mitt’s entire tour will be nothing but non-stop Obama-bashing?

    The only things Mitt knows less about than national issues, are international issues. And that makes him an even more dangerous man – because, to his base, the Right-wing Wurlitzer, and Conservatives in general, nothing is more respected than boldly broadcasting your ignorance as loudly and threateningly as possible to the largest audience.

    Leaders around the world must be looking at America, with a Mitt Presidency a distinct possibility, and Mitt’s economic and foreign advisors, and thinking, ‘Oh no! Not AGAIN! You guys just gave us one clue-free, sociopathic simpleton with daddy-issues, an ego as wide as an ocean and knowledge and forethought an inch deep, and less ability to handle a crisis than a gibbering baboon with ADD. What is wrong with you people? Why do you think it’s a good idea to try this again?’
    Ah, but they must have forgotten the definition of “insanity!,” And we are an insane nation, doing the same things and expecting different results – and overflowing with weapons and pride in our own exceptionalism – which means that the rules, NO rules, apply to us!

    A Romney presidency may make us look back fondly at W’s.
    Bush was doubling-down nationally and internationally on Reagan’s policies. Mitt will be doubling down on Bush’s.
    And if that don’t scary ya, I don’t know what will.

  6. I would love to hear a Dave Chappelle commentary on Romney’s campaign and background. Lewis Black would be a great opening act to warm up the audience.

  7. Plunkett, Buttle and Wilson on my mother’s side. Irish, North of England and Scots. But, the Slovak side of my family was always a bit more interesting, and they lived long enough for me to know them better. I do do have a bodhran and a concertina, to fan the Celtic embers on occasion, usually an occasion involving a drinkable scotch.

    I love how, code word/phrases like “Northern European culture” (excluding present day Scandinavia, of course) is so often referenced by the excessively caucasian, as the undisputed pinnacle of human history. Yet, these same individuals are quick to brand anyone as an “elitist” if they have any appreciation of culture beyond NASCAR and a few current television programs. To quote one of Bertie Wooster’s Aunts it “causes those of us with the good of the nation at heart, to despair.”

  8. It’s the Blazing Saddles campaign. Lets remind everyone that the President is a N*****, with appropriate, well timed, audio-interruptus.

  9. …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 [a British colony in] Africa.

  10. And I know what you mean about not being Anglo-Saxon. I’m descended from Slavic, Celtic, and Germanic Catholics myself, which makes me kind of the first degree of otherness in Mitt’s worldview, but the Know-Nothings back in the day hated the Catholics the way the teahadis hate the Mexicans and the Muslims now.

    I am glad he’s started accusing Obama of appeasing our enemies, at any rate. I was wondering when he was going to give Obama a chance to remind everybody who took out Osama bin Laden. Ideally, it’s not the sort of thing you want to thump your chest and brag about, but it will be useful in this campaign.

  11. I am a British born black woman with (consensual) Welch ancestry and (involuntary) Anglo Saxon ancestry because my ancestors were owned and breed by British biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins. I submit that I have a more special relationship with the U. K. than the decedents of a man who left the Utah territories for Mexico to keep his harem.

  12. I’m wondering if the “Romney adviser” who used the chilling dog-whistle phrase Anglo-Saxon heritage is the same fool who made the Etch-A-Sketch remark? Or is Romney’s entire staff comprised of idiots whose mouths race ahead of their brains? Imitating their boss’s style, as it were.

  13. You wrote, “And as a Celtic-American, I would add that some of us don’t identify as ‘Anglo-Saxons.'”

    Quite so.

    Most of us, in fact, if the census is right.

    That gallic snot de Gaulle used to really annoy me.

  14. JOAN!

    How’s the new hip going?
    Dancing that crazy Cossack Hopak, yet?

  15. “I’m wondering if the “Romney adviser” who used the chilling dog-whistle phrase Anglo-Saxon heritage is the same fool who made the Etch-A-Sketch remark?”

    I shudder to think what he might say in Germany.

    I think Romney is to Harvard as Bush was to Yale. It does not serve a university well to admit babbling idiots simply because they had rich/famous daddies.

  16. I just… marvel at the stupidity of this man. This is the first set of presidential debates that I am just itching to watch.

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