Throughout the Republican primaries, it was clear that Mitt Romney was trying to distinguish himself from the other candidates as a level-headed technocrat in a field of unhinged conservative chum-throwers. To a large extent it worked, as Romney consistently appeared to be the most reasonable candidate—hardly a difficult feat given the presence of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who for a few fleeting moments actually looked like he might pull it off. Despite widespread conservative dissatisfaction with Romney and calls for everyone from Donald Trump to Chris Christie to enter the fray, the Mittster emerged victorious.
But for all that highroad driving, the Romney campaign showed it’s just as capable of playing in the mud with the Newt Gingriches of the world. Less than 24 hours into Romney’s highly-touted “foreign policy tour,” one of his advisers anonymously told a British newspaper, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Governor Romney] feels that the special relationship is special…The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” The paper was also told that a President Romney would restore the bust of Winston Churchill that Barack Obama removed from the Oval Office, with the adviser saying, “He is naturally more Atlanticist.”
In other words, Barack Obama is an African who is incapable of understanding the rich tradition of Anglo-Saxons, which by the way most Americans aren’t, but we’ll use as a euphemistic and less politically incorrect stand-in for “whites.”
The comments are reminiscent of Newt Gingrich’s remarks that Obama cannot be understood unless one understands “Kenyan anti-colonial” behavior, as if being “anti-colonial” is a bad thing. The most likely explanation for Obama’s removal of the Churchill bust is the fact that Churchill attempted brutally to suppress the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s, when native Kenyans were trying to unshackle themselves from British rule. That sounds a little familiar.
As November nears, Romney’s surrogates and conservatives everywhere will shift into overdrive in a desperate effort to prevent an Obama second term. And if that means denouncing the president as a black man who can’t appreciate the illustrious history of Anglo-Saxons, which involves some of the most shameful chapters in the history of human civilization, then so be it.
In his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno Tuesday, Romney pledged not to criticize the president while he was abroad. Apparently, that’s what his advisers are for.