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Romney Campaign Disavows ‘Anglo-Saxon Heritage’ Comments

Stage two, dog whistle strategy: the walk-back
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Am I being cynical to suspect that this is a choreographed dance: first, the racially charged statement from an unnamed adviser, then the walk-back and counter-charges of dishonesty?

Just seems like we’ve seen this play before: Romney Camp Denies ‘Anglo-Saxon Heritage’ Comment.

According to the Telegraph, the adviser suggested that Mr. Obama could not understand the depth of the relationship between the two countries because he cannot fully appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Romney, according to the Telegraph: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

Andrea Saul, Romney’s press secretary, disputed the comments and emphasized that they did not reflect the beliefs of the former Massachusetts governor.

“It’s not true. If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign,” she told cbsnews.com in an email. Saul did not comment on what specifically was not true.

Also see:
Mitt Romney Would Restore ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Relations Between Britain and America

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95 comments

1 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:12:04pm
Am I being cynical to suspect that this is a choreographed dance: first, the racially charged statement from an unnamed adviser, then the walk-back and counter-charges of dishonesty?

If you are then join the club because that's exactly how it looks to me.

2 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:13:32pm

The Romney camp may deny this statement but the truth of the matter is that the right wing agrees with it. Who are they kidding?

3 Targetpractice  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:14:28pm

Meanwhile, at Romney Campaign HQ, the search for the "leak" begins:

4 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:15:16pm

Romney spokesman blasts British paper's ‘false quote' about ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage'

Spokesman Ryan Williams angrily denounced the comment on Wednesday as "an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper." And Williams assailed Vice President Joe Biden for using the news report to accuse the Republican standard-bearer of playing politics with foreign policy while on an overseas tour.

"Today, the race for the highest office in our land was diminished to a sad level when the Vice President of the United States used an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper to prop up their flailing campaign," Williams said in a statement emailed to reporters. The spokesman charged that Biden—who did not cite the specific quotation—had "advanced a falsehood" and accused him of trying "to divert voters' attention with specious shiny objects."

"We have more faith in American voters, and know they will see this latest desperate ploy for what it is," Williams predicted.

5 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:15:19pm

Of course, the Romney campaign adviser says crap like this and at the same time the Romney campaigned whined when Prime Minister Cameron praised President Obama. This was obviously a whistle to those who believe Obama is the other, the guy who loathes America and our allies.

6 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:16:16pm

re: #4 Killgore Trout

Romney spokesman blasts British paper's ‘false quote' about ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage'

In other words, they don't like being called on their shit. How typical. It was their adviser that said it.

7 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:16:21pm
"Today, the race for the highest office in our land was diminished to a sad level

This could be said after every new Romney ad ad press release...

8 Decatur Deb  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:16:48pm

"Those are not the house-cheorls I would have used."

9 darthstar  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:16:56pm

Disavows, but doesn't demand a retraction:


Oh, and getting back to their cold-war mentality:

10 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:16:59pm

re: #4 Killgore Trout

Romney spokesman blasts British paper's ‘false quote' about ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage'

...

"Today, the race for the highest office in our land was diminished to a sad level when the Vice President of the United States used an anonymous and false quote from a foreign newspaper to prop up their flailing campaign,"

Blah, blah, blah. Another press release from the Romney campaign.

11 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:17:30pm

as someone else, downstairs, said notice that the campaign has not demanded a retraction like they tried to do to the Boston Globe and WaPo?

12 Destro  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:18:02pm

The Republican party's spokesmen have said it before.

Here:

Here:

and here (and countless other examples):

13 Big Steve  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:18:05pm

So the story goes....that when Lincoln was writing the Gettysburg Address (there are several drafts and don't believe the crap that he wrote it on the train)....he went through the speech and replaced all words in his draft that weren't Anglo Saxon in origin to their Anglo Saxon equivalent. The arbiter of the times was the King James bible which was written in old English. In fact scholars say that the only words in the address that do not appear in the King James Bible were "civil" and "proposition".

14 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:20:01pm

As a non Anglo-Saxon and one with British in laws, I must offer a kind fuck you to the Romney adviser.

15 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:22:14pm

From above:

Andrea Saul, Romney’s press secretary, disputed the comments and emphasized that they did not reflect the beliefs of the former Massachusetts governor.

Oh yeah. Andrea Saul, columnist for the Washington Times.

[Cough, cough, cough, cough.]

16 jaunte  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:22:19pm

"Today, the race for the highest office in our land was diminished to a sad level ..."
–– Romney Spokesman Ryan Williams

“Celebrating success instead of attacking it and denigrating making America strong. That’s the right course for the country. His course is extraordinarily foreign.”
–– Mitt Romney

17 iossarian  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:23:36pm

re: #10 Gus

...

Blah, blah, blah. Another press release from the Romney campaign.

Same old same old.

18 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:23:53pm

re: #13 Big Steve

So the story goes...that when Lincoln was writing the Gettysburg Address (there are several drafts and don't believe the crap that he wrote it on the train)...he went through the speech and replaced all words in his draft that weren't Anglo Saxon in origin to their Anglo Saxon equivalent. The arbiter of the times was the King James bible which was written in old English. In fact scholars say that the only words in the address that do not appear in the King James Bible were "civil" and "proposition".

The KJ is actually written in early Modern English. Shakespeare too.

Chaucer wrote in Middle English. "Old English" is synonymous with "Anglo-Saxon" and refers to the language spoken in England before the Norman Conquest. Stuff like Beowulf:

Hwæt. We Gardena in gear-dagum,
þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.

19 calochortus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:24:11pm

re: #14 HappyWarrior

As a half Anglo-Saxon without any recent connection to the "Mother Country", allow me to second that sentiment.

20 makeitstop  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:24:16pm

These chumps are going to whine all the way to election day, aren't they?

21 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:24:40pm

re: #17 iossarian

Same old same old.

Don't worry. Now we have to take the word of the Romney camp as announced by a writer for the Washington Times.

[Bronx cheer.]

22 Decatur Deb  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:24:50pm

"The Picts are just the right shade of blue."

23 Amory Blaine  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:25:55pm

Grooving with a Pict

24 jaunte  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:26:02pm

Obama “has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”
-- Romney Campaign Co-chair/DogWhistler John Sununu

25 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:26:44pm

re: #22 Decatur Deb

"The Picts are just the right shade of blue."

The woad to the White House.

26 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:26:46pm

re: #24 jaunte

Obama “has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.” -- Romney Campaign Co-chair/DogWhistler John Sununu

Nothing to see here!

//

Got any Ted Nugent?

27 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:04pm

re: #24 jaunte

Obama “has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.” -- Romney Campaign Co-chair/DogWhistler John Sununu

Yeah no fucking dog whistle there. But how dare we call them out on it? Seriously fuck them for their rampant xenophobia.

28 erik_t  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:13pm

Not to dredge this one up again, but if Obama had merely said Reverend Whatever's comments 'weren't reflecting his views', Fox Noise wouldn't have shut up about it for a month.

Er, well, you know what I mean.

29 blueraven  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:21pm

re: #26 Gus

Nothing to see here!

//

Got any Ted Nugent?

How about some Donald Trump?

30 jaunte  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:22pm

re: #26 Gus

Anglo Wango?

31 wrenchwench  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:32pm
Am I being cynical to suspect that this is a choreographed dance: first, the racially charged statement from an unnamed adviser, then the walk-back and counter-charges of dishonesty?

When they do the walk-back, the dog is on a leash so they don't need the whistle.

32 Decatur Deb  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:27:57pm

re: #25 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

The woad to the White House.

There is a farm in France dedicated to preserving all things woad.

33 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:28:09pm

re: #22 Decatur Deb

WATCH OUT FOR D PEEKTS!

34 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:28:39pm

It's the old Romney adage that anyone who isn't part of the corporate world "doesn't understand" America. It's a load of shit coming from the campaign of a guy who profited from sending American jobs overseas and has a lot of his income abroad. But please Mitt tell us why Obama's not really America and you're awesome. Fucktards.

35 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:29:11pm

re: #29 blueraven

How about some Donald Trump?

Oh yeah. No "anglo centrism" from him either.

36 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:29:50pm

re: #13 Big Steve

So the story goes...that when Lincoln was writing the Gettysburg Address (there are several drafts and don't believe the crap that he wrote it on the train)...he went through the speech and replaced all words in his draft that weren't Anglo Saxon in origin to their Anglo Saxon equivalent. The arbiter of the times was the King James bible which was written in old English. In fact scholars say that the only words in the address that do not appear in the King James Bible were "civil" and "proposition".

A) The King James bible and Anglo-Saxon origin have nothing to do with each other.

B) A quick glance at the Gettysburg address shows this not to be true-- liberty, for example, and nation.

Where did you hear this?

37 erik_t  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:31:23pm

re: #36 Obdicut

A) The King James bible and Anglo-Saxon origin have nothing to do with each other.

B) A quick glance at the Gettysburg address shows this not to be true-- liberty, for example, and nation.

Where did you hear this?

I have learned not to take any historical curiosity from Big Steve to not be a factual statement. No offense, Steve.

38 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:33:35pm

re: #36 Obdicut

A) The King James bible and Anglo-Saxon origin have nothing to do with each other.

B) A quick glance at the Gettysburg address shows this not to be true-- liberty, for example, and nation.

Where did you hear this?

Hate to rain on your parade, but the word "liberty" appears in the KJV 41 times and "nation" 626.

39 Charles Johnson  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:35:28pm

re: #24 jaunte

Obama “has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”
-- Romney Campaign Co-chair/DogWhistler John Sununu

One of the main themes of the Romney campaign: Obama is an un-American "other" who doesn't understand or love the US.

The "Anglo-Saxon heritage" comment is totally unsurprising in context with the rest of his campaign rhetoric.

40 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:35:30pm

re: #38 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Hate to rain on your parade, but the word "liberty" appears in the KJV 41 times and "nation" 626.

No, I meant that those words are not from Angle-Saxon origin.

The problem was that Steve was asserting two incorrect things.

41 dragonath  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:35:32pm

re: #24 jaunte

Dammit Sununu. Government is a socialised structure.

42 iossarian  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:35:56pm

re: #36 Obdicut

A) The King James bible and Anglo-Saxon origin have nothing to do with each other.

B) A quick glance at the Gettysburg address shows this not to be true-- liberty, for example, and nation.

Where did you hear this?

From the Wikipedia article on the KJ version:

The Authorized Version is notably more Latinate than previous English versions,[131] especially the Geneva Bible. This results in part from the academic stylistic preferences of a number of the translators – several of whom admitted to being more comfortable writing in Latin than in English – but was also, in part, a consequence of the royal proscription against explanatory notes.[132] Hence, where the Geneva Bible might use a common English word – and gloss its particular application in a marginal note – the Authorized Version tends rather to prefer a technical term, frequently in Anglicized Latin.

Emphases mine.

43 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:37:32pm

re: #38 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Hate to rain on your parade, but the word "liberty" appears in the KJV 41 times and "nation" 626.

This assumes you were contradicting BS's last sentence, about the only words in the GA not in the KJV being "civil" and "proposition".

If you were instead contradicting the claim that AL replaced all words not of Anglo-Saxon derivation with their AS equivalents, then you're correct. However, BS has already contradicted himself on this point by citing "civil" and "proposition", which are both from Latin.

44 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:38:03pm

re: #40 Obdicut

No, I meant that those words are not from Angle-Saxon origin.

The problem was that Steve was asserting two incorrect things.

See my #43.

46 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:38:40pm

re: #44 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

See my #43.

I saw it and I liked it. I'm ordering four, and case for same. And one same.

47 dragonath  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:38:45pm

William Tyndale was probably more comfortable writing in English. Too bad they hung him.

48 Tumulus11  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:39:06pm

. 'It's not true that one of our advisers in London was in possession of the dogwhistle and at no time was its use authorized by Gov. Romney.'

49 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:39:36pm

World Net Daily: Which brings us to President Obama, widely recognized as the first Anglophobe U.S. President since Madison fled the British troops burning the White House in the War of 1812. -- Roger Hedgecock

50 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:40:08pm

re: #46 Obdicut

I saw it and I liked it. I'm ordering four, and case for same. And one same.

Any cases of frozen feet?

51 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:42:15pm

re: #50 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Any cases of frozen feet?

They were sent by Colonel Bloodnok to the NAAFI, where they considerably improved matters.

52 Kragar  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:43:23pm

Romney’s ‘We Did Build This’ Events Feature Businesses Built With Government Subsidies And Contracts

Today, the Romney campaign is hosting an entire series of campaign events based on President Obama’s misinterpreted comment about small businesses. While Obama’s full speech made a “no man is an island” argument, the Romney campaign has seized on the quote, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” as evidence of Obama’s disdain for small business owners.

Romney, ignoring the fact that he has echoed this same sentiment on multiple occasions, organized 24 “We Did Build This” events in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada. At each event, local business owners are speaking about their self-sufficiency in running a business and how government is hindering their growth.

But, like the New Hampshire business owner showcased in Romney’s attack ad on the issue, many of these business owners have received significant support from the government, a ThinkProgress analysis finds.

53 Origuy  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:43:35pm

A sample of Old English:
Fæder ūre, ðū ðē eart on heofonum,
Sī ðīn nama gehālgod.
Tō becume ðīn rice.
Gewurde ðīn willa
On eorþan swā swā on heofonum.
Urne gedægwhamlīcan hlāf syle ūs tōdæg.
And forgyf ūs ūre gyltas,
Swā swā wē forgyfaþ ūrum gyltendum.
And ne gelæd ðū ūs on costnunge,
ac alȳs ūs of yfele.

Early Modern, about the time of the KJV:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

54 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:45:27pm

Romney's campaign, much like McCain's is simply not ready for the Internet.

55 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:45:37pm

re: #49 Gus

World Net Daily: Which brings us to President Obama, widely recognized as the first Anglophobe U.S. President since Madison fled the British troops burning the White House in the War of 1812. -- Roger Hedgecock

It's funny but in the early years of this country being an Anglophobe wasn't a bad thing.

56 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:45:53pm

re: #53 Origuy

Man, droppin' knowledge. nice.

I like this satire:

Meanehwæl, baccat meaddehæle, monstær lurccen;
Fulle few too many drincce, hie luccen for fyht.
Ðen Hreorfneorhtðhwr, son of Hrwærowþheororthwl,
Æsccen æwful jeork to steop outsyd.
Þhud! Bashe! Crasch! Beoom! Ðe bigge gye
Eallum his bon brak, byt his nose offe;
Wicced Godsylla wæld on his asse.
Monstær moppe fleor wyþ eallum men in hælle.
Beowulf in bacceroome fonecall bamaccen wæs;
Hearen sond of ruccus sæd, "Hwæt ðe helle?"
Graben sheold strang ond swich-blæd scharp
Stond feorth to fyht ðe grimlic foe.
"Me," Godsylla sæd, "mac ðe minsemete."
Heoro cwyc geten heold wiþ fæmed half-nelson
Ond flyng him lic frisbe bac to fen
Beowulf belly up to meaddehæle bar,
Sæd, "Ne foe beaten mie færsom cung-fu."
Eorderen cocca-cohla yce-coeld, ðe reol þyng.

57 allegro  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:45:59pm

What's hurting small businesses is the fact that the quickly diminishing middle class has no money to spend at them. Thanks, Republicans.

58 Decatur Deb  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:46:19pm
59 Charles Johnson  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:46:31pm
60 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:48:16pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

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Exactly. In the end Romney will get an overwhelming majority of "anglo saxon" voters come November.

61 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:48:29pm

re: #53 Origuy

And just for the sake of completeness, Middle English (Wycliffe translation, c. 1380):

Oure fadir that art in heuenes,
halewid be thi name;
thi kyngdoom come to;
be thi wille don, in erthe as in heuene.
Yyue to vs this dai oure breed ouer othir substaunce,
and foryyue to vs oure dettis, as we foryyuen to oure dettouris;
and lede vs not in to temptacioun, but delyuere vs fro yuel. Amen.

62 Sophia77  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:49:00pm

Jeez where do they get this stuff? The comment thread in the British paper is LOADED with stuff like, Obama is a dictator, he doesn't stand for Western Civilization and Christianity (as if they were synonymous), all kinds of defensive bs; you've got to wonder what they are smoking.

Also, it worries me that being "white" and "Christian" = being a "real American," but then that's always been just below the surface in the US.

No wonder Romney's seconds dog-whistle then formally disavow their words - and blame Biden for the fact that they've been chumming the waters.

63 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:50:03pm

Pathetic...

64 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:50:46pm

re: #56 Obdicut

Man, droppin' knowledge. nice.

I like this satire:

Meanehwæl, baccat meaddehæle, monstær lurccen;
Fulle few too many drincce, hie luccen for fyht.
Ðen Hreorfneorhtðhwr, son of Hrwærowþheororthwl,
Æsccen æwful jeork to steop outsyd.
Þhud! Bashe! Crasch! Beoom! Ðe bigge gye
Eallum his bon brak, byt his nose offe;
Wicced Godsylla wæld on his asse.
Monstær moppe fleor wyþ eallum men in hælle.
Beowulf in bacceroome fonecall bamaccen wæs;
Hearen sond of ruccus sæd, "Hwæt ðe helle?"
Graben sheold strang ond swich-blæd scharp
Stond feorth to fyht ðe grimlic foe.
"Me," Godsylla sæd, "mac ðe minsemete."
Heoro cwyc geten heold wiþ fæmed half-nelson
Ond flyng him lic frisbe bac to fen
Beowulf belly up to meaddehæle bar,
Sæd, "Ne foe beaten mie færsom cung-fu."
Eorderen cocca-cohla yce-coeld, ðe reol þyng.

ðæt wæs god drincan.

65 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:50:50pm

re: #63 Gus

Pathetic...

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But unions, tigers, and bears oh my. Typical big business in this country.

66 iossarian  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:51:10pm

Cheer up everyone, you could be living in Thurrock:

[Link: www.guardian.co.uk...]

'It's one big cesspit here': Thurrock, the country's capital of misery

67 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:51:24pm
68 ArchangelMichael  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:52:34pm

Mitt: Abit scite!

Pardon my French, but there's some Anglo-Saxon for you.

69 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:52:36pm

re: #60 Gus

Exactly. In the end Romney will get an overwhelming majority of "anglo saxon" voters come November.

70 gwangung  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:55:04pm

re: #69 Gus

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Of course, that might be all he needs if Voter Suppression laws go through.

71 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:57:06pm

Well I think the important thing will be Latino turnout more so than anything. Coming out for the Dream Act was a good start since that's something that is popular even with more conservative Latinos. Romney really hasn't done anything I think to help himself with Latino voters. Of course, he could always try a Rubio Hail Mary but I think that would go over with Latino voters as well as the Palin pick did with women voters. Rubio I've read actually did worse with non-Cuban Latinos than Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist did in Florida and this was during a Republican year.

72 darthstar  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:57:22pm

The Jesus Bigots at Chik-Fil-A using fake facebook teens to fight back against criticism.

[Link: www.dailykos.com...]

73 dragonath  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:58:45pm

re: #52 Kragar

Romney’s ‘We Did Build This’ Events Feature Businesses Built With Government Subsidies And Contracts

So he really is going all in on some weird edited quote that only insiders and surrogates would use with a straight face.

Romney's whole campaign strategy is like one of those "Will this video cost Obama the election?!" banner ads.

74 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:00:23pm

re: #72 darthstar

The Jesus Bigots at Chik-Fil-A using fake facebook teens to fight back against criticism.

[Link: www.dailykos.com...]

So weird.

75 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:06:06pm

Family values.

76 wrenchwench  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:06:44pm

re: #72 darthstar

The Jesus Bigots at Chik-Fil-A using fake facebook teens to fight back against criticism.

[Link: www.dailykos.com...]

Fake Facebook teens don't eat very much chicken, though.

77 Gus  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:08:28pm

bbl

78 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:11:15pm

re: #72 darthstar

The Jesus Bigots at Chik-Fil-A using fake facebook teens to fight back against criticism.

[Link: www.dailykos.com...]

Heh that's sad. I have to say. it sucks that they're bigots because I do like their sandwiches.

79 Mattand  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:15:04pm

re: #13 Big Steve

So the story goes...that when Lincoln was writing the Gettysburg Address (there are several drafts and don't believe the crap that he wrote it on the train)...he went through the speech and replaced all words in his draft that weren't Anglo Saxon in origin to their Anglo Saxon equivalent. The arbiter of the times was the King James bible which was written in old English. In fact scholars say that the only words in the address that do not appear in the King James Bible were "civil" and "proposition".

Genuine, snark-free question: What is the point of this comment? Seriously, I don't get it. What does it have to do with 'Anglo-Saxon' comments from the Romney campaign person?

80 dragonath  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:20:05pm

Chik-Fil-A sources their chickens from factory farms! John 3:16!

81 Amory Blaine  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:24:12pm

re: #69 Gus

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Ouch

82 Gretchen G.Tiger  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:31:53pm

So, he was Pro-Anglo-Saxon before he wasn't?

83 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:35:31pm

I think we found Romney's advisor!

Man: Look, are you insinuating something?
Arthur Nudge: Oh, no no no no... yes.

;)

84 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:37:54pm

re: #78 HappyWarrior

Heh that's sad. I have to say. it sucks that they're bigots because I do like their sandwiches.

Carl's Jr's Hand breaded chicken sandwich was better. Not that Carl's Jr. is high up there on the inclusiveness scale.

85 labman57  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 3:14:35pm

Translation: "I really don't know what was said, but whatever was said, he/she didn't really say it."

-- a variation of his previous classic quote: "I don't know what I said, but I stand by it, whatever it was."

86 teresa  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 3:37:42pm

You are NOT being cynical, this is a choreographed dance, it is a dance to tell all the racists, they are with them. And as subtly as possibly play the card that so far most politicians, with the exception of the Bachmann's and Palin's haven't been willing to use. Wow and to use it against the first African-American President. WOW. See if this "Anglo-Saxon" things was the first time you might give Romney and his campaign the benefit of the doubt. This isn't the first time is it, "Learn how to be an American", "lived in Indonesia not America", "Obama's America is socialism", "his America isn't your America", he NAACP episode, etc and so on. OTHER, OTHER, OTHER, NOT AMERICAN. So sick of these asshats.

Mitt Romney is running the campaign Sarah Palin wanted John McCain to run. He is doing it, using race, in your face race baiting, Mendacious Mitt is a contemptible piece of shit and so are all his idiot advisers. I hope they can live with themselves, Lee Atwater couldn't.

87 wrenchwench  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 3:42:39pm

re: #86 teresa

And yet, you still have a proud member of the League of the South in your new and improved favorite blogs list. I don't get it.

88 Patricia Kayden  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 4:22:30pm

73% of the British want Obama to be re-elected, so I'm not sure why Romney's campaign would push an "Obama is anti-British" meme. Not seeing how that is helpful. He's already got the White racist vote, so he doesn't need to dog whistle anymore.

[Link: www.nation.com.pk...]

Can't Romney demand that the Telegraph reveal the source of the "false" Anglo-Saxon heritage comments? Then the Romney campaign can publicly fire this person for misrepresenting his views. Right? Waiting to see if that happens.

89 Patricia Kayden  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 4:24:24pm

Forgot to add, isn't Obama half-British himself (some Irish heritage)? Looks like the racists conveniently forget that Obama had a White mum and was raised by White grandparents. Not exactly a blazing.anti-White, Black Panther type.

90 Petero1818  Wed, Jul 25, 2012 6:36:10pm

re: #18 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

You had me at "Hwæt. "

91 Big Steve  Thu, Jul 26, 2012 7:12:59am

re: #37 erik_t

I have learned not to take any historical curiosity from Big Steve to not be a factual statement. No offense, Steve.

Sorry didn't get back till today, but I didn't make this up...Gettysburg Address

And to those later who haughtily said most of the address is Latin based words.....well where the fuck do you think Anglo Saxon came from. It is Germanic and originated on the coast between Netherlands and Germany before they invaded England.

92 uk ultraviolet  Thu, Jul 26, 2012 9:57:20am

As a Brit - an Anglo-Saxon one - I have two comments. First, the Telegraph is a harrumphing right-wing (at least in British terms) paper. But it is a respectable one, and in light of the Leveson inquiry into press ethics, they sure as hell are not going to make shit up right now. Secondly, this Anglo-Saxon Brit believes that Obama understands the UK far better than Romney does.

93 Obdicut  Fri, Jul 27, 2012 5:28:17am

re: #91 Big Steve

Sorry didn't get back till today, but I didn't make this up...<
And to those later who haughtily said most of the address is Latin based words...well where the fuck do you think Anglo Saxon came from. It is Germanic and originated on the coast between Netherlands and Germany before they invaded England.

So... your statement just had no meaning, since words in English almost all derive either from Anglo-Saxon or Latin, and you're saying that any Latin origin words actually count as Anglo-Saxon. In general, there's a distinction made between Germanic and Romance languages, which you seem to be casting aside.

The bit about words being used appearing in the King James Bible may be accurate, but again, the King James bible has nothing to do with Anglo-Saxon language; it's written in early modern English.

94 Big Steve  Fri, Jul 27, 2012 8:56:58am

re: #93 Obdicut

since words in English almost all derive either from Anglo-Saxon or Latin, and you're saying that any Latin origin words actually count as Anglo-Saxon.

Sorry but you are incorrect sir......English Language Sources only 55% of English words come from either Latin or Germanic sources.

95 Obdicut  Fri, Jul 27, 2012 9:07:17am

re: #94 Big Steve

Sorry but you are incorrect sir...English Language Sources only 55% of English words come from either Latin or Germanic sources.

Dude, French derives from Latin, so that makes that 30% of words also deriving from Latin.

As does Spanish and Italian.

Can you explain what you think the relationship is between the Anglo-Saxon language and the King James Bible, please?


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