Somebodyisfromhere.com doesn’t think what Mitt Romney said was racist, but he still thinks it was dumb.
For context, the quote:
Mitt Romney outraged the Obama’s campaign on Friday by telling a Michigan crowd that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate,” in what appeared to be a wink at persistent conspiracy theories about the president’s birthplace.
First things first, it really was one of the more funny things Romney has said. It actually showed he was aware of what people in society say and he tweaked it to make a funny. For many, that might be a bit more than what they thought Romney was capable.
The problem is that it should not have been made for public consumption. These guys work long hours and they travel a lot. Somebodyisfromhere.com bets there are a lot of sly jokes whispered over a
beer coffee* whatever Romney drinks. That’s where it should have stayed.
Not because of racism. Sure, real birthers are racist albeit in a weird kind of racism drawn from unrelated ideological convenience. They get African Americans are Americans. They might even have a few African Americans as friends as they say. Still, despite being born from a chick from Kansas, this particular African American likes healthy people, big government, and has a hatred of CEOs. Therefore, he is not American. Or something.
Somebodyisfromhere.com doesn’t think Romney is caught up in that trap. He doesn’t even think Romney gave it enough though to consider the racial consequences. Mostly, he thinks Romney just liked the line.
The problem is that the statement draws attention to the fact that Romney is not the centrist that a candidate a week from his convention should be portraying himself as. A centrist would knock down the birthers, because, hell, you’re going to get their vote anyway and you can make yourself look like a reasonable human being to the independents by saying how weird the whole thing is. Then again Romney is not really one who concedes points particularly well.
However, The biggest problem is that when you say nobody questions your American status, you sort of make it sound like your side has a monopoly on making crazy pronouncements. It says, Only our side would not trust a birth certificate or a governor.
*Oh man, was that joke racist? That’s my point! I/he was just trying to be funny!