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One thing is clear about Mitt Romney: he will do what he is told to do.
He is frightened by Grover, Rush and the rest of the wingnuts. He walks the earth in fear of his next beating. When they tell him to jump, he jumps–end of story. It is impossible to name a single time when he ever stood up to the crazies in his Party. It never happened and it never will. Romney is a coward.
Last week they demanded that he pick zombie eyes as his running mate. Mitt jumped and acted so quickly that the announcement and roll out was a sloppy and botched affair.
They want him to lie shamelessly about President Obama and so he does, constantly. Mitt is more afraid of wingnut disapproval than he is of any fact checker. He’ll embrace any lie as long as as it stops the crazies from hitting him for a moment or two.
The nutters hated McCain for failing to launch an aggressive race-baiting attack on President Obama. In wingnutopia it is a crime that a black man ever became President. McCain decided that this line of attack was a gutter so foul that even he was not willing to crawl through it. The wingnuts never forgave him for that and remain convinced that a campaign rooted in mobilizing white fear and race anxiety is their best and only path to victory.
Mitt Romney has bought into this strategy hook, line and sinker. He lacked the backbone to say no.
And so he has jumped into the swamp of racist code-talking with gusto. It is 2012 and yet, Mitt Romney is basing his campaign on race-baiting rhetoric about welfare pulled from the toxic swamp section of American history.
No surprise. The selection of the cat food voucher man as his number two has changed the race into a choice of competing visions for the future of America. When folks learn the details behind any of the Romney/Ryan plans, they hate them. And so, race-baiting is all that Romney has left.
As mini-Drudge pointed out today: “Romney needs to dominate the white vote huge to win this race”.
The Welfare attack ads are racist code talking bullshit, as is almost everything in Romney’s stump speech these days. That is a feature and not a bug. The goal is to get 65% or more of whites to vote based on race identity and their fears. Does this mean that Romney is a racist? I don’t know and I don’t care. Who can say what is in Romney’s heart? It doesn’t matter. He can be judged on his actions and based on the campaign he’s run so far–his actions are despicable.
The lies and rhetoric of the Romney campaign are ugly now, but it will get a lot worst. Mitt has decided to run as a protector of Anglo-Saxon heritage and the principles of the Confederate States of America. He has decided that running as a neo-Confederate–as the last, best hope of the white race–is his best shot. Maybe it is. Maybe the age-old appeals to racism and the baser demons of white fear can still pull out one more victory for these Confederate traitors. It has worked before.
The press will be reluctant to call him out on this tactic. They will treat the race-baiting as a “he-said/he-said” story or a “both-sides-say-mean-things” story or (more often than not) just repeating the code-talking without comment. The reporting so far on Mitt’s Welfare ads proves it. This can change. In some small ways it is changing. Some voices are talking about Mitt’s race-baiting.
It is up to us to yell loudly and demand that Romney’s race-baiting is discussed. Mitt, his wingnut handlers and the stenographers posing as journalist cannot be given a free pass on this. If Mitt wants to run on race he should be forced to do so out in the open. That is something each of us can demand to the best of our abilities. Many voices cannot be ignored.
Romney is a weak man. He cannot stand up to his base even as it demands him to embrace the politics of hate. He is a coward. He should not be President.
It is August and the main focus of Romney’s campaign is a series of ads about lazy brown people on welfare.
We must defeat this weasel in November.