Former Massachusetts governor and current bumbling presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered remarks to a group of Latino business leaders, in which he attacked President Obama for the high unemployment rate among Latinos and Congress’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“Candidate Obama said that one of his highest priorities would be to fix immigration in his first year in office,” Romney said at the 33rd Annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention in Los Angeles. “Despite his party having majorities in both houses of Congress, the President never even offered up a bill. Like so many issues confronting our nation, when it comes to immigration, politics has been put ahead of people for too long.”
Impressive words, but one thing makes Mitt sound disingenuous when he speaks about the humanity of immigrants: history — specifically, the governor’s own recent history.
Everyone with a TV or internet connection remembers what Romney was saying about immigrants during the Republican primaries. We know how he doesn’t support any pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and how he’d like to see all of the over 12 million undocumented immigrants living in this country just pick up and leave.
Who’s the one putting politics before people, Governor?
Lately, Romney, seeming more Amish than Mormon, has been caught on camera committing gaffe after unsettling gaffe, as if he’s unaware cameras and audio recording even exist.
A secret video recently surfaced showing Mitt talking to a room of major donors. In it the governor says that 47 percent of people “will vote for the president no matter what” because they’re “dependent on government” and believe they’re entitled to things like “health care,” “food” and “housing.”
Later in the video, Romney quips that it would be much easier for him to win the election had his dad’s parents been Mexicans instead of only being Americans living in Mexico.
“But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico,” Romney says in the video. “And I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
For the most part, it’s a harmless video showing the real Romney most people know exists beneath the awkward, steely smile and well-pressed suits. Yet, “the Latino remark” highlights the fact that Romney views politics as a game for him to be won or lost, a criticism hurled at him by people who know him best. Romney thinks it would be easier for him to win if he were Latino, but he doesn’t think it’s necessary to change his message concerning Latinos. He seems to think Latinos will vote for one of their own even if the person’s policies antagonize the Latino community (See: Martinez, Rubio, etc.).
As the president’s popularity begins to further pull ahead of Romney’s, and pundits on all side highlight the unlikeness that a presidential candidate can win the White House with a base comprised almost entirely of white middle-aged men, we can see the beads of sweat forming at Romney’s brow. He’s hoping there’s enough Latino voters wandering the woods so he can lead them away from the Obama camp — and he’s clearly given up on courting black voters, 94 percent of whom support the president.
At the end of the day, he wants to win the election and doesn’t much care for how he accomplishes that. He looks to buy and lie his way into the president’s chair, and the shame will rest on the American people if it’s allowed to happen.