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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

So much for Mitt Romney being the sane Republican
Posted by Jill | 5:33 AM
Nothing quite like a good old fashioned lynching metaphor directed at a black president to cement your hate cred with the teabaggers, eh?
Republican Presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is now trying to explain his way out of controversial and racist remarks about President Barack Obama. During a campaign stop in New Hampshire, the presidential hopeful referenced “hanging Obama by the neck” as a way to defeat him in the next election.

During a dinner hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Romney said "Reagan came up with this great thing about the ‘misery index’ and he hung that around Jimmy Carter’s neck and that had a lot to do with Jimmy Carter losing." He then said, "Well, we’re going to have to hang the ‘Obama Misery Index’ around his neck."

For some odd reason, Romney kept going down the path of no return when he said, "I’ll tell you, the fact that you’ve got people in this country really squeezed, with gasoline getting so expensive, with commodities getting so expensive, families are having a hard time making ends meet. So, we’re going to have to talk about that, and housing foreclosures and bankruptcies and higher taxation. We’re going to hang him with that, so to speak, metaphorically."

Despicable. This is no gaffe. Romney knows damn well what he's doing. Perhaps he's worried about the entrance of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke into the presidential race.

(And to the comment on JP's post criticizing him for daring to criticize Obama and me for allowing his July 4 post, all I can say is that the day we are not allowed to criticize a sitting president is the day we really have lost our freedom. Republicans may march in lockstep like mindles automatons, but we prefer to apply pressure to OUR leaders to keep them honest.)

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Blogger Pangolin said...
Let's see. A Mormon playing the "I'm more racist than the next Republican" card to curry favor with GOP primary voters.

That's about as predictable as sand at the beach.

The question now is: What twisted verbal spewings are going to come out of the other Republican candidates mouths to allow them to establish that they are more racist than Romney without actually making "strange fruit" references. State's rights to establish slave-holding?