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Earl Bockenfeld

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Is the whitest man in American public life suddenly Hispanic? NO, but Fox News Latino is toeing the Murdochian line and asking whether Romney is the "First Gringo-Latin President." This is, of course, poppycock. In his eagerness to pander Mitt keeps mentioning his family's "emigrating from Mexico."

Here are the basic facts as I understand them: one of Romney's ancestors went to Mexico because he was polygamous and Mexican officials were even more corrupt than the Americans so they didn't enforce their own laws against plural marriage. In 1912, young George Romney and his family fled the Mexican revolution because they feared getting their rich white heads cut off. So much for Latinness or Hispanicosity. Let's call it, "Mittspanic"

Past inherited rich guy Presidents such as FDR and JFK made fun of their own backgrounds but, of course, their policies benefited poor people. Imagine FDR saying "I'm not concerned about the very poor." I'm grateful that Romney has still got his gaffe machine mojo working...


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