The middle of nowhere

Mitt's international tour, day 1: "Say something so undiplomatic that your host sees no reason not to publicly insult you."


  1. “an unnamed [Romney] adviser who told the Daily Telegraph President Barack Obama had mishandled U.S.-British ties and that Romney better understood the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” between the two countries.”
    Holy Crap.  It’s like the Romney campaign is just coming out and saying, “Vote for our guy, he’s whiter.”  They really do have a serious case of foot-in-mouth disease in his camp.

    1. And, he’s just getting started here.  Can you imagine this idiot and his stooges once they’re in office?

    2. Even better, it somehow manages to be an incompetent take on classic racist dog-whistling.

      Last I checked, all sorts of non-Anglo-Saxon sorts, Irish, pale Italians, Eastern Europe, Jews (terms and conditions may vary from state to state), and whatnot had been granted ‘white’ status. In what was, presumably, an attempt to come up with the ethnic equivalent of that insipid ‘judeo-christian heritage’ nonsense, he’s managed to come up with something that excludes a pretty sizeable percentage of the intended audience. Good Job, there…

      1. The PM is a Cameron, a Scottish surname.  And the Royal Family hasn’t been Anglo-Saxon since the Conquest.

        1. Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg isn’t Germanic enough for you?

          1. Philip is the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. The Normans were French. The Angevins were French. The Tudors (if you even consider them separate from the Angevins) were Welsh. The Stuarts were Scottish. And the rest of them were German, mostly Saxon. And royal brides from Saxony seem to have been on sale for much of the last millennium. Not much Angle in there.

        2. But the queen is descended from Wotan… and also, in all seriousness, from the prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

  2. England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.

    Mitt Romney, wordsmith.

    1. I’d agree we don’t make as much as we used to.  I wonder what he thinks of Thatcher?

      I would also add that our domestic made cars sell very well abroad, Landrover, Jaguar, Rolls Royce etc are booming, Rolls Royce plc is the 2nd largest manufacturer of jet engines in the world and we are home to the 2nd and 3rd largest drug companies. That’s ignoring the massive quantity of smaller companies who also manufacture specialist and high quality products. Even in my small market home town there are companies manufacturing niche items that are exported all over the world.

      Screw you Romney.

      1. There, there. Here’s American Renée Fleming (?!) singing Rule, Britannia at the 2010 Proms to soothe your feelings.

      2.  Considering that outsourcers and free traders like himself have done much to kill American’s manufacturing industries, it’s some pretty glaring cognitive dissonance on his part.

      3. I’d imagine he’d think Thatcher isn’t Conservative TM enough. 

        edit: dang formatting. Why u no work?

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  3. They should read his book. From “No Apology”:

    “England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.”

    Just wait for Willard to make it to Poland and Israel. Willard: “A Limey, Polack and Jew go into a bar…”

  4. Let’s hope that overseas news coverage will be more honest and less “evenhanded” than mealy-mouthed American news that confuses servility with objectivity. Romney’s a clown and a moron, and he’s more likely to commit unscripted idiocies like this when he’s separated from his handlers.

  5. You would think that a politician running for the office of President of the United States going on an overseas tour would hire an aide in each country to inform the politician of what to say and what not to say, how to avoid making numerous gaffes, and how not to upset the leaders of an allied nation. At least, that would be the professional thing to do.

    Romney’s visit to Israel could be quite interesting.

    (The contrarian in me thinks, if all it takes to piss off the Brits is for a foreigner to publicly state something that a great number of Londoners also think is true, then Romney should make more gaffes.)

  6. This is all just an attempt by Romoney and his trainers/keepers to make him appear even more like Saint Reagan

    – Namely, like a clueless, jabbering posterboy for the 1%, who re-establishes his own idiocy every time he goes off-script or thinks that the mike is dead.

    At least Reagan was *actually* going senile – What’s Romoney’s excuse ?

  7. From the article, 
    “…in his fundraising speech he (Romney) did pledge to restore to the White House a bust of Winston Churchill that Obama sent back to the British government when he took office in 2009.
    “I’m looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again,” Romney said.

    If you Google “Obama gives bust of Winston Churchill back to England” you find that the bust is a very nice piece of art which was loaned to Pres. George W. Bush from the British Government as an act of solidarity after the 9-11 attack. 

    In place of  the bust of Churchill, President Obama has put a bust of Lincoln.  President Obama highly admires President Lincoln.

    This is not even much of a news story much less a campaign news story. They kindly loaned us this piece of art.  Several years later, we returned it and thanked them. 

    The bust now resides in the Washington, DC residence of the British Ambassador, Sir Nigel Sheinwald.  So, is Mr. Romney going to go take it back?  Is this fair warning to Sir Nigel to hide the silver service?

    1. Hopefully, someone will blindside him with a question about Neville Chamberlain or Oliver Cromwell and he’ll have to answer without being advised.

  8. Oh, but Romney is a *genius* – a genius I tell ya! With a single utterance he single handedly changed the olympics into something everyone wants to see succeed, just to spite him. watch for the headlines – “Romney Saves Englandistan Olympics!”

  9. It’s such a tough call, though.  Bash Romney for being an idiot?  Or bash the London Olympics for being obnoxious to everybody in London?  Because really, LOCOG is doing an even worse job than Romney did, and the fact that a Summer Olympics in a big city is a harder job than a Winter Olympics spread out over a much larger area doesn’t excuse them.

    But on balance, Romney’s a politician trying to flatter other politicians so they’ll flatter him, which will make him look good in the US and them look good at home, and he can’t even get that right?

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