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Fifty Shades of . . . Orange??

Mitt Romney’s desperate pursuit of some Latino Magic

By Simón Gómez Sep 20, 2012 7:31PM

Talk about a gang that can’t shoot straight. The latest episode of Mitt Romney’s “week from hell” has just revealed that the conservative candidate’s campaign has a pressing Latino problem.


 And I am not talking about the 30-points lead that President Obama has consistently held over Mr. Romney in every poll taken in our community since the beginning of the presidential campaign, that is just a symptom. Mr. Romney’s message, whatever that may be, is simply not coming through. His Latino-phone is broken.


For example, just a few hours after Mitt Romney’s appearance in Univision’s “Meet the Candidates” forum held in Miami, most people weren’t exactly talking about the substance on Mr. Romney’s words or lack thereof. Instead, the great majority of comments in the social media were focused on the weird shade of orange covering his face.


Allow me to join in.


At a first glance it is tempting to think that this sudden change of skin is a clumsy attempt to fit in the Latino community, which up to now has given Mr. Romney the coldest of shoulders, to say the least. After all, as we saw the former governor of Massachusetts  in a leaked  tape of a fundraiser speech joke about how much better his chances to win the upcoming elections would be if his Mexico born father had been the offspring of Mexicans. Maybe he doesn’t have a future as a stand-up comedian, but Mr. Romney is definitely up to something. He certainly doesn’t need a Latino lineage to win our votes, the President doesn’t have any either and he remains strong and popular within our community. Romney’s problem is a built-in lack of empathy with the common Latino, one that he likely wouldn’t have if he were Latino.


But all this brouhaha about Chief Orange Face is distracting our attention from Romney’s core beliefs regarding our community. This is the candidate who said without a hint of hesitation that he would veto the Dream Act. This is the candidate who believes that Arizona’s immigration law should be the model for the entire nation (he also said the same thing about “Romneycare,” but he has since recanted any praise for his signature achievement while governor of Massachusetts. Most importantly, this is the presidential nominee of a party that is actively involved in an effort to suppress our votes and our voices.


So unless and until Mitt Romney decides to stop being hostile to the plight of the American Latino, I don’t see him gaining much ground within our people even if next time he decides to go for a browner shade foundation.

9Comments
Sep 21, 2012 3:05PM
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He's been listening to Boehner, another loser. Goes to show how far he will go mislead the voters. What a faker. Most Latinos got their "tan" from working jobs Romney would faint if he had to work them.
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This joker for a presidential candidate is so stupid that he comes out on vedio saying that the latinos are a threat to the nation and then goes to try to court the latinos. lets go out and give them a good chalicking.send him to i don't know where because nobodywants him execpt the rich stupid republicans.
Sep 21, 2012 11:03AM
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Mitt is saying, no matter it takes to win I am willing to try it, then when I get elected I will serve the rich.
Sep 21, 2012 6:47PM
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Mitt you are making Palin palatable.  OMG!
Sep 21, 2012 11:23AM
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F-en hilarious!!!!!!!   What a tool!  It's over baby.  Spend all that campaign money  on a conscience!

Sep 25, 2012 9:05PM
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Anyone remember Democratic Senator John Kerry running for president and his Botox injections in his forehead?  Not to mention his tanning practices as well.  I'm just sayin...
Sep 21, 2012 12:51PM
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Heh , I thought he look pretty damned good - whoever the hell I am...hee,hee... Latino ...  ?    maybe .

 Yep  he look like he just came from some fabulous beach resort  , like San Tropay  or Jamaica or Brazil... hey I wanna come !    The Tall and Tan and Lovely guy from Ipenema  - a real turn on !
Sep 21, 2012 4:58PM
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Simon Gomez needs to remember that just because someone is Republican, doesn't mean they are racist.  No matter who the Republican candidate is, Simon would find something.  It's time to recognize the good work Mitt Romney has done for so many people through charity and not punish him for being successful.  Punishing him won't make you any more successful, any less jealous, or make you have any more of a ridiculous inferiority complex or hold any less of a grudge against white people.  Why criticize Mitt Romney for tanning when I guarantee most of the critics have dyed their hair lighter colors.  Are they trying to look more Caucasian?  Give me a break and be grateful for this country and it's successes.  Shame on you.
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  • SimónSimón Gómez

    Political junkie, loud mouth extraordinaire, and a born gear head, Simón found himself in Miami after 11 years of practicing law in Caracas and being a good ole boy. While always attuned to American culture, his heart is firmly rooted in the Latino community. Simón wrote for three years the car pages of Maxim en Español and has been freelancing for MSN Latino since 2011. Simón divides his time between his two dogs, his production work, and his writing.