Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Campaign Notes: Home and Abroad

Presidential campaign notes here and there show there is always some nonsense behind the headlines.

Campaign Notes: Home and Abroad

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The campaign for president, while failing to provide any serious discussion of fixing the economy by sticking with Obama is all about big government and anti-business and Mitt is all about less government and pro-business, never ceases to provide side-show moments that just, well, make one wonder.

You no doubt saw Mitt getting the Brits in a tizzy over comments he made suggesting maybe London isn't fully prepared to handle the Olympic games.

This drew a clear rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron: "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere," an obvious reference to Mitt's Utah games.

Then there was the comment in the British press attributed to a Romney advisor suggesting Mitt has more of connection to England than Obama.

"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and (Romney) feels that the special relationship is special," a Romney adviser told The Telegraph. "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."

Because, of course, the president isn't white. Nice.

Meanwhile, on the home front, the New York Daily News reports on a poll showing most Americans don't know what religion Obama is because, you know, he isn't white.

The poll, conducted nationally by the respected Pew Research Center, found just 49% of those questioned know the president is a Christian while 31 percent said they don't know what he is and 17 percent, I assume the Fox News audience, think he's Muslim.

I think it's just great that at home and abroad we're all comfortable in our post-racial political era.





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