Sunday, September 23, 2012

How does Romney pretend to be popular among Latinos?

By Michael J.W. Stickings


1) By threatening Univision and the University of Miami, which hosted the Univision forums with the two presidential candidates last week, saying he'd "reschedule" if his demands were not met.

2) Specifically, given that there weren't nearly enough supportive students to fill the hall, by demanding that the rule agreed to by the two campaigns that the forums be attended mostly by students be lifted in his case.

3) And so by being "allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at [his] town hall" while the president "stuck to the original parameters and allowed a large chunk of the tickets to be distributed to interested students on campus."

4) And by being able to do this because the university official "charged with coordinating the forums," Rudy Fernandez, is a member of Romney's Hispanic steering committee.

5) That is, by getting preferential treatment and making it seem as if he didn't.

Oh, yes, the Romney camp gloated with glee, the manipulated contrast "glaring enough to evoke some boasting from the Romney campaign in the immediate aftermath":

When the Republican took his place Wednesday night in the first of two back-to-back candidate forums televised on the mega-network, he was greeted by an adoring, raucous crowd that cheered his every word, and booed many of the moderators' questions. The next night, President Obama was treated to stone cold silence from the audience as he was aggressively grilled on his lackluster immigration record.

But of course the two crowds were different and so were bound to have different responses, what with this preferential treatment and breaking of rules, and, indeed, "Romney's non-student activists ignored instructions to hold their applause."

And so really "the enthusiasm gap" was "an optical illusion."

Which is hardly surprising -- and, indeed, the real enthusiasm gap is quite the reverse -- given that Obama is way ahead of Romney among Latinos, and given that Romney takes an extremist right-wing position on immigration and has called for, as he did at the forum, "self-deportation," hardly a popular position to take in that community.

And given that Romney's whole campaign is built upon dishonesty and deception.

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