In the first 24 hours of Mitt Romney's trip abroad, he has already committed one of the worst mistakes of his campaign. In Great Britain, on the start of his abbreviated world tour and to see his wife's dressage horse compete in the Olympics, a Romney adviser, breaking the rule set in advance not to criticize the president, did just that. But what he said is the real news:
"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels the special relationship (with Britain) is special," the adviser said. "The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have." My oh my. Like a photograph in developing solution, Romney is slowly revealing himself. He is white bread made with bleached flour. Once again — this time through his adviser's statement — he has shown himself ignorant of the changed ethnicity and politics of America. I don't have the census figures handy, but millions and millions of Americans ain't Anglo or Saxon.
I won't go to political ugly town and say this remark is evidence of a veiled prejudice against our president's heritage. Others will do that. Instead, I will just say that this is a politically disastrous statement for a candidate already disliked by the emerging face of America.