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Mitt Romney would restore “Anglo-Saxon” understanding to the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain

Wow. Just. Wow. I like this new transparency in the Romney campaign. They can’t come clean about when Mittens left Bain, but they are crystal clear about how the Negro in the White House (with the African poppa) doesn’t understand “how things work”

As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America’s enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London. In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

UPDATE: Addie Stan at Alternet explores the political tactics of the Romney campaign and “othering” – Romney Campaign’s Race-Baiting Strategy Could Have Dire Consequences for America.

Searching for a theme that would unify the base of the Republican Party, the Romney camp sought to find its footing in voter sentiment verified this week in a Washington Post/ABC News poll: Race-based reservations about Obama trump religion-based reservations about Romney. (It’s not unlikely that the Romney campaign’s internal polling revealed much the same information.) In short, the theme boiled down to this: remind those core voters that the stakes in this election include another four years with a black guy in the White House — and you know what those people are like.
The poll, conducted by Langer Research, found that among the non-black adults it surveyed, 62 percent “think blacks in their community don’t experience racial discrimination (a view at odds with what
most blacks themselves report),” according to Langer’s release (PDF).
When the registered voters in that group of people who think African-Americans have an equal shot at success, at least in the respondents’ hometowns, 59 percent expressed a preference for Romney in the presidential race. Move the needle up a couple of points on that number, and Romney could have a winning margin.
…While the focus moved from Obama as a favorite of African-Americans to Obama as something other than a genuine American, the metadynamic created is one in which the word “other” is the operative term. When Tea Partiers lionize the founders, they see themselves as the descendants of the men who framed the Constitution. They do not see black people as such. They do not see “foreigners” as such. Hence, neither “foreigners” or blacks, in this reading, are genuine Americans. A black guy with a Kenyan father who attended elementary school for a time in Indonesia ranks, among that constituency, as an “other” with a triple-whammy.

UPDATE 2: LOL defense by Camp Romney: anonymous advisor is “not authorized” to speak about “Anglo-Saxon” foreign policy. (CBS):

Andrea Saul, Romney’s press secretary, disputed the comments and emphasized that they did not reflect the beliefs of the former Massachusetts governor.

“It’s not true. If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign,” she told in an email. Saul did not comment on what specifically was not true.

Per the Telegraph, this adviser and others quoted in the story spoke anonymously because they were not authorized by the Romney campaign to criticize Mr. Obama to foreign media.

UPDATE 3: According to ThinkProgress, the reporter, Jon Swaine, says he talked to “a member of the foreign policy advisory team” for the Romney campaign. And over at TPM

The Romney campaign did not respond to questions about whether it would seek a retraction of the story. The Telegraph, which stands by the piece, told TPM that the paper has not received a request from the Romney campaign to retract or correct the story.

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