Many are laughing, fuming and above all confused by Romney’s visits to foreign nations and the apparent gaffes which has shown quite a lot about the Presidential hopeful. Those who are against him, tear him a new one…while those who support him are either silent or try to deflect the rhetoric by trying to distract with other issues.
Most people are wondering why Romney has been allowing this to happen, wondering why he makes the gaffes in the first place and why he does not do more research of the places he is going to visit, why he is not sensitive to their situations and why he is apparently not willing to raise a finger to quell the confusion and accusations of idiocy that is whirling around him… by very smart people.
From the New York Times:
“Poor Mitt Romney had no such magic carpet ride. He insulted the British and infuriated the Palestinians while pandering to the Israelis and American Jewish voters, including donors like the Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson who tagged along.
Egged on by some of the same neocon advisers who brought us the Iraq pre-emptive invasion, Romney offered “Go ahead, make my day” diplomacy, signaling he would support Israeli action to pre-emptively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.”…
“The odd odyssey underscored Mitt’s off-putting mix of opacity and insularity. Weren’t American elites once more worldly, like the Kennedys and the Harrimans? Romney was in the forefront of a revolution in American finance, he was the governor of an important state and he was an elder in the Mormon Church. But that’s all the stuff he doesn’t want to talk about, so we’re left with a narrow spokesmodel, banally handsome with an empty look; not like President Obama and Bill Clinton, where you always see the brain whirring behind the eyes.”
The reason is, he just doesn’t care…He is only interested in giving his base some bumper sticker quotes.some dog whistle action, as he knows they are not the least bit interested in world affairs, except to say the rest of the world are socialist idiots and America is the best…at everything. This is all he needs to do, to fight an election. They [the Fox informed base] will be able to tell each other ‘He went to Israel and Obama didn’t'…they will put that on a bumper sticker and that is all the dog whistling he needs to do.
He doesn’t need to look suave, electable or intelligent, he just has to be there, visiting Israel so that the christian right can bellow at the top of their lungs that he has Israel’s back. He does not have to care about what he says or to whom he says it, because it will not reach his base who only watches FOX news and are already hypnotized with whatever spin Fox will put on it.
“In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of winning elections in Southern states by exploiting anti–African American racism and fears of lawlessness among Southern white voters and appealing to fears of growing federal power in social and economic matters “
As Grover Norquist said…” We just need someone with enough working digits” …[to sign whatever we give him to sign into law]
Mitt Romney is that man. He is now broken and has conceded to the neo-cons and their strategy. Grover Norquist and the neo-cons have won. Mitt can no longer fight them, so he is just doing what he is told. We can expect him to be taken under the wing of Cheney now, for safe keeping.
The foreign ‘southern strategy’ is simply to ignite the fear, hatred, bigotry and racism that is alive and well in the Republican voting base…nothing more than that. No intellectuals need apply.
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