Whoa! Look at the time! I’m outta here…
In the old days (last month… on a Tueday… right after lunch) Uber-Bestest Historian Evah Jonah Goldberg used to get his research by blegging, that is: asking the people who are stupid enough to read Jonah Goldberg and take him seriously to provide him with information that he would then dumb-down and then rewrite for them to read.
I told you they were stupid.
I went and checked back issues of the New York Times to see what it said about Romney and MLK etc back then. I’m still going through it — though I may just hand all this off to Jim or one of my colleagues. But I found one NYT headline from March 10, 1965 "Romney Leads a Protest." The story is part of a series of dispatches from coordinated civil rights marches across the country. There’s a picture at the top of the page from the famous protest in Selma, showing MLK march.
Pictures! Yay! Problem solved without having to read word thingies.
But wait…there’s more!:
Anyway, I haven’t watched the by all accounts cringeworthy explanation from Mitt, but I can certainly imagine growing up in a house where your Republican dad led a march in racially polarized Detroit timed to coincide with MLK’s Selma march and thinking your dad marched with King. Romney was foolish to say what he said and, apparently explain it the way he explained it, but he has every right to take pride in what his father did.
Someday, Jonah Goldberg’s daughter will be able to take pride in the fact that her dad once wrote a book. However, when asked "what book?" she’ll probably change the subject to, like, the weather or why dimes are so shiny.