Mitt Romney Plays the Birther Card

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by AK Forty Seven, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/mitt-romney-plays-the-birther-card/



    Mitt Romney Plays the Birther Card


    By ANDREW ROSENTHAL




    Politicians sometimes think they can get away with saying something profoundly offensive or just plain stupid by acting like it was a joke. It never works, just like it didn’t work today when Mr. Romney shamelessly played the birther card in what seems like an increasingly desperate campaign against President Obama.

    Speaking in Commerce, Mich., about his Michigan roots, Mr. Romney said: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

    Get it? Everyone knows he’s from Michigan, but nobody is really sure where the president is from.

    It’s not like Mr. Romney has shunned the birther crowd. He took the stage earlier this year with Donald Trump, who ranted about Mr. Obama’s citizenship. Mr. Romney’s son, Matt, said during the primaries that his father might consider releasing his tax returns if Mr. Obama released his birth certificate and his grades.

    In April 2011, Mr. Romney himself used the “well if he says so” dodge that many Republicans love. “I think the citizenship test has been passed,” Mr. Romney said. “I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office.”

    Citizenship test? Barack Obama did not have to take a citizenship test. And why couldn’t Mr. Romney cut out the “I believe” preamble? The president was born in the United States.

    But today’s crack was way over the line. His audience laughed and applauded, probably not because they thought Mr. Romney was doing hilarious stand-up comedy, but because they knew exactly what he was up to.

    The Romney campaign’s response was especially lame. An adviser, Kevin Madden, said Mr. Romney was “only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.” Right.

    A spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, pointed out that Mr. Romney has “embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them.” But, he added, “Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”

    That’s absolutely right. The birther charges are not really about trying to disqualify Mr. Obama from being president. The point is to remind voters that his father was Kenyan and that Mr. Obama is a man of mixed race with brown skin. It’s racism, pure and simple.
     
  2. Thanks Mitt :)
     
  3. Now watch him paste that vacant sheepish look on his dial when reporters ask him about it.:(.
     
  4. Everybody knows obama was born in a manger under a special starry lit sky... Three kings bowed before him bringing gifts from afar... There our savior was born :D :D :D
     
  5. Finally, I knew you would come around PT.
     
  6. Hey, if it's fourth and a mile, and it is the last play of the game, what would you do?:D
     
  7. Yes, with their own Party donating to the Obama campaign, thanks Akin, it's no wonder they are getting more and more desperate. But, I don't think Obama is a shoe at this point, need to get folks out to vote, at least those Americans that have not been shuttered by GOP suppression tactics.
     
  8. Epic

    Epic

    Count on Mitt to make an absolutely pointless and lame joke at the most inopportune moment.

    He makes a lot of progress and gets himself back in the race by just sitting back and letting Obama burn himself out, and then just when he is about to take control of the lead, true to Mitt Romney form, he makes a stupid joke that throws things off track.

    That topic has absolutely no upside for him. The birthers are already going to show up and vote for him. I think it was great for him to try to cast himself as a native to Michigan, because winning that state would be a huge upset in this tight race. But the birth certificate comment created a stupid and pointless distraction for his campaign, and won't get him a single additional vote.
     
  9. therein lies the crux. And it looks like the GOP has staked it's ground in Pennsylvania. That is a bit ironic I think.
     
  10. Epic

    Epic

    LOL. That last line was a joke right?
     
    #10     Aug 24, 2012