Why did he do that? He was coasting into his convention. His silence was winning the day on the Akins story, he was holding on in his fight to never reveal his taxes, then he went...
“I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where but the both of us were born,” Romney said after introducing his wife, fellow Michigan native Ann Romney. “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.”Oh. My. God.
That wasn't a "dog whistle." That was a freakin' bull horn.
Now, every racist in the Republican party is hopping up and down, shouting "ONE OF US! ONE OF US! GOOBLE-GOBBLE, ONE OF US!"
Even his best friends in the media, however, like Mark Halperin right now on MSNBC, are ashen-faced over this.
Was it a joke? Was he trying to be glib and funny?
Talking Points Memo received this note from the Obama campaign. They heard the fog horn, and they know what it means.
“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio, and Kris Kobach,” Obama spokesperson Ben LaBolt said in a statement. “But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”
Is there anything ELSE Romney can do to shoot himself in the foot before the convention? Maybe today would be a good day to release his taxes.
The Romney campaign hasn't responded, other than to say to a WaPo reporter...
“The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States.”
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