Monday, June 25, 2012

Romney campaign has gone to dog whistle heaven

I don't agree with the folks who are suggesting that Romney is waffling on his reaction to the Supreme Court ruling today on Arizona's immigration law. When I read the transcript of the exchange between his spokesperson and the media, I thought he was very clear. You just have to be able to hear the dog whistles to get it. Here...let me show you.
The governor supports the states' rights to craft immigration laws...

The governor supports the states' rights to do this. It's a 10th amendment issue."...

The governor believes the states have the rights to craft their own immigration laws...

The governor supports the right of states, that's all we're going to say on this issue.

Again, each state has the right within the Constitution to craft their own immigration laws...

Look, again, I¹ll say it again and again and again for you. The governor understands that states have their own right to craft policies to secure their own borders and to address illegal immigration...

Again, Jim. The states have the right to craft their immigration policy...
Jeebus, I don't know how he could be any clearer. Romney believes that states have the right to do whatever the fuck they want to brown people. And no librul federal guvmit has any right to tell them what to do!

Let's see...where have we heard that one before?


  1. The last time we heard about "States' Rights" was back when lunch counters were still off limits to black folk.


      We have a winner!!!!!!!!!!

    2. I remember those times well, Mack. If we went downtown and wanted to buy something from a Krystal's restaurant, we had a separate section in the front where we had to place our orders. We could look into the restaurant and see the stools at the counter and the tables with chairs, but we couldn't sit down inside. If this is what the states' rights folks want, I don't think the majority of Americans will submit to their wishes. I think the states rights people are a small, vocal group within the GOP. I know republicans whose beliefs about the direction our country should take are more like my own. They have little in common with the vocal minority. Palin tried this in 2008, and the majority of Americans rejected it. Romney is trying the states rights route, and the only difference is he's sending his surrogates out to blow the dog whistle. It would seem that Romney would study McCain's 2008 campaign. If he did, he'd know that it wasn't McCain that was his own worst enemy, it was his running mate Palin. He would also see that a running mate or surrogate can cause irreparable damage to a candidate's campaign.

  2. You know, it throws me sometimes when people like Mitt, or his surrogates, say exactly what they mean, and because we think their position bizarre we discount what they say. IMO Since January 2009 all GOPers have been boldly stating their position. One could almost say it's not even a dog whistle anymore, only in the sense that many close their ears.

    What bothers me sometimes is that there seems to be no way to deter them except at the ballot box...years later. Take the fact that Congress has passed no relevant laws, given itself a shortened work schedule, deliberately wrecked the nation's credit rating and regularly and boldly says 'no' to doing its job, yet gets paid its regular handsome salary. An average Joe could not perpetuate that kind of behaviour without being fired. Something is just wrong here.