At first blush you would think the fact that today’s biggest political news story didn’t involve Bain Capital would’ve been great news for Mitt Romney.
Today in a conference call with reporters, former New Hampshire Governor and current Romney surrogate, John Sununu offered this quote concerning President Obama:
The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way, and I wish this president would learn how to be an American.
Earlier in the day, Sununu found himself at the center of controversy when he took a dig at the President for his admitted drug usage in his younger years.
[Obama] has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.
So yes, Sununu set himself up for his later comments by earning an A+ in the trifecta of wingnuttery that includes birther comments, drug references & allusions to President Obama being some sort of secret socialist. I’m sure Joe McCarthy is smiling in his grave right now.
Surely Sununu didn’t mean what he said, right? I mean he was not born in America (born in Cuba) so it’s not like he should be some American nationalist, right? Also, when he was White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush he was forced into resignation when news leaked that he was taking government planes on joy rides for various personal trips. So it’s not like he’s lived a trouble-free life, huh?
Then it would make perfect sense for Mr. Sununu to apologize for his choice of words or at least offer a mea culpa.
Again, wrong. Here’s what Mr. Sununu said when pressed to explain his horrific choices of words.
Frankly, I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have used those words. And I apologise for using those words.
“I apologize for using those words.” Really?
But don’t you think for a minute that Sununu has any regret over the words he stated. This was a very shrewd way of the Romney campaign attempting to change the narrative that has been ongoing for the past few days. The sandstorm that is the topic of Mitt Romney’s failure to release any more of his tax returns has even swept in Rick Perry and Ron Paul to call on Romney to release them.
As more and more relevant Republican Party officials start trying to publicly convince Romney to make a move, it showcases the rift between Romney and the party. As those calls grow louder (and more public), it will have to start demoralizing Romney loyalists (they exist) as they try to unseat the incumbent.
So how do you excite these demoralized people? Simple, you rile them up with the threat of President Obama trying to steal your hard-earned money and send it to whatever country that he is from. Sununu’s comments are roughly on par with Romney’s when he spoke of people wanting “free government” after his speech to the NAACP.
This type of fear-mongering is certainly not new to the Republican Party. But usually they were used to be offensive as opposed to defensive. Birtherism has never been used as a crutch to save a failing campaign, it’s primary purpose is to well….assist you during the primaries.
Mitt Romney’s campaign just got uglier and time will tell to see if it has any chance of becoming more attractive to anyone.
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