Matthews: Why is Romney using “slurs” against Obama by calling him “European”?

posted at 7:57 pm on June 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

The first law of Democratic campaign narratives is that the GOP nominee is, must, and can only be racist, so here’s Tingles paying homage to Mitt’s nominal frontrunner status. Ironically, it’s the first law of Republican campaign narratives that the Democratic nominee is, must, and can only be a pointy-headed socialist elitist who disdains rural American culture (unless he’s from the south), a fact Matthews nods at by recalling how John Kerry was also described as “French” before quickly discarding it to pursue ye olde xenophobia storyline. At the Foreign Policy blog, Joshua Keating tries to fill in the blanks for the “Hardball” crowd:

At our recent Shadow Government event here at FP, the panelists suggested that a major challenge for the GOP field would be to make the case that Obama has made the country weaker and accepted the narrative of “American decline,” without pandering to extremists who see him as not only un-American but anti-American.

Romney’s solution seems to be the label of “European,” which, for the American electorate, carries the twin connotations of timidity in foreign affairs and socialist economic policies. (Though the stereotype also feels a little dated given that Western Europe’s major powers are, for the most part, currently ruled by conservative governments whose passion for austerity budgets is tempered only by their enthusiasm for bombing North Africa.)

Fair point about the moldiness of the stereotype. “Timidity in foreign affairs” ain’t what it used to be either given Sarkozy’s charge into Libya and Obama’s own exceedingly Bush-ian counterterror policies, capped, of course, by the Bin Laden raid. The “European” label is aimed, I think, mainly at ObamaCare and The One’s math-defying comfort with America’s current social welfare system, as well as at his immortal condescending “bitter/clinger” sneer on the trail in 2008 (which he’s repeated occasionally with minor variations ever since, even as a goof). I don’t follow European politics regularly but I’m reasonably sure that “American” is sometimes used there as a pejorative towards politicians who are unilateralist, hawkish, and/or perhaps, shall we say, too “simplistic” in their world view. Is that “nativist” too, per Matthews’s formulation? Or is it just … basic parochial retail politics?

Luckily for us, American liberals eschew such demagoguery towards their opponents. Oh, almost forgot: After you’re done watching this, go watch Van Jones claim that Paul Ryan’s Medicare budget would destroy more U.S. infrastructure “than Al Qaeda ever dreamed of.” Exit question: You know who’d be an amazing guest on “Hardball”? This guy. Click the image to watch.


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“Let’s keep race out of it for five seconds.”

You first tingly boy…….

RealMc on June 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

“Let’s keep race out of it for five seconds.”

you first tingly boy………

RealMc on June 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I didn’t know European was a slur.
How many people actually watch this show?

JellyToast on June 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

The left is scared of Romney!

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Herman Cain to the courtesy phone please.

Can’t wait for the debate between Herman and Obumba

Dingbat63 on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Ummm, it means that Europe killed themselves with Socialist policies and the Dems in this country feel that that is where we need to go here. That thrill going up Matthews leg comes back down as a trickle.

Southernblogger on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

You are joking I hope?? He is their fallback option.

Southernblogger on June 3, 2011 at 8:05 PM

The left is scared of Romney!

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

That’s a good sign for us – imagine what happens when we run a real conservative against their guy GRIN.

U Ro Pee In is that what Chris Matthew’s meant by a slur LOL

Dr Evil on June 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

European is a slur now, damn, pretty soon i just call of you it from now on.

djohn669 on June 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Chrissy wants to sluurrrrrp up Obama’s Weiner

Roy Rogers on June 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

This has got to be a “Parody”!

Seriously,

“European”=Racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile……………….Hopey states,

Carnival Barkers
Birthers
Bitters
Clingers
Party of No
and ect!!

canopfor on June 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

The left is scared of Romney!

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

The left is afraid of anyone at this point because their guy has a failed economy and no hope on the horizon.

msmveritas on June 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

They’re getting desperate. Calling Mitt Romney racist? Really? Even nutjob lefties can’t believe that.

therightwinger on June 3, 2011 at 8:10 PM

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canopfor on June 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

csdeven on June 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Heh. Beat me to it ;)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Obama (D) vs. Racist (R)

tjexcite on June 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Instead of European Obama the African-American with the Kenyan father and who wrote “Dreams from my Father” could have been called African. But Dinesh D’souza already tried that, and we see how he was skewered. So, Obama is either Asian (which must be a slam against his time in Indonesia as a boy), or North American.

Paul-Cincy on June 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

So when Barry’s sick he’ll turn blue?

SouthernGent on June 3, 2011 at 8:26 PM

“Timidity in foreign affairs” ain’t what it used to be either given Sarkozy’s charge into Libya

What charge? We’re flying some planes around a 3rd world former colony. If there was an actual charge, France would be enjoying a bonus of oil royalties right now.

pedestrian on June 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.

Barack Obama
July 24, 2008

Jon Fezzik on June 3, 2011 at 8:32 PM

… but I’m reasonably sure that “American” is sometimes used there as a pejorative towards politicians who are unilateralist, hawkish, and/or perhaps, shall we say, too “simplistic” in their world view.

Well, yeah, when they aren’t using the term Yankee.

Dusty on June 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Matthews is to the race card as Pelosi is to the GOP trying to starve old people to death and take away their Medicare card. They’re both lunatics.

scalleywag on June 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Is European a race?

scalleywag on June 3, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I’m kind of ashamed of my race right now, seeing as how this tool is a part of it.

scalleywag on June 3, 2011 at 8:40 PM

OK, let’s run with Eurotrash

Kini on June 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Well, yeah, when they aren’t using the term Yankee.

Dusty on June 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

No, the term is: Them damn Yankees!” :)

OldEnglish on June 3, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Rendell asking Steele to denounce “that language” or whatever was beyond lame. What a tool.

Jon Fezzik on June 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Rendell asking Steele to denounce “that language” or whatever was beyond lame. What a tool.

Jon Fezzik on June 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Pot meet kettle

Kini on June 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I checked on this show tonight. I look in as one would examine a collection of petri dishes left in the dark with foul little life forms in them. I see Mike Steele Who is not articulate, and a white guy who is, were guests.

Well, Mitt made the mistake of mentioning how Candidate Savior was well spoken. Since Candidate Savior appeared to be black that makes Mitt racist. So we should now label anything said by Dear Leader as idiotic blather indicative of no deep understanding and virtually incoherent. That would apparently make them feel better.

They are going to impale Mitt as they skewered McCain. I could describe it but this is just the first thrust.

If if you hate those two RINOS, they deserve much better.

IlikedAUH2O on June 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Didn’t The One just return from a European adventure where he took a moment to celebrate his Irish roots? Romney and Obama are practically cousins.

kringeesmom on June 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Mathews has entered the world of humor and satire. He provokes laughter and pity.

pat on June 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Matthews sure is hung up on race. I’m starting to think he might be projecting.

forest on June 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

How many names did Matthews call Romney before he accused Romney of name calling? Prep School Governor… that was one.

And the Republican Party is nativist and weird.

Pot meet kettle.

petunia on June 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I am now convinced I’ve had bowel movements that were more intelligent than Chris Matthews.

SuperCool on June 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM

He’s a walking argument for mandatory helmet laws.

Axe on June 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM

He’s a walking argument for mandatory helmet laws.

Axe on June 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yes, but I don’t think any of us want to have to wear a helmet just to go to the bathroom.

CurtZHP on June 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

What Matthews really means is that Mitt has committed blasphemy by denying the following:

Obama is Black Jesus
Obama is Black JFK
Obama is The Savior
Obama is The Prophet

Really Right on June 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

why did steele sign a contract with msdnc…i’d give him more credit if he went on cnn for cripe sakes…how can he deal with a putz like tingles, just boggles the mind….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM

msmveritas on June 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

sure sounds like it…

every candidate will be called a racist before the primaries end….

cmsinaz on June 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Wait till Chrissy starts in on Palin and Paul Revere.

profitsbeard on June 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I didn’t know that Marx, Engels and Lenin were black.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Matthews is right. Since when is Kenya in Europe?

Basilsbest on June 3, 2011 at 10:40 PM

He can never be full on Euro trash with those big honkin mom jeans, he’s gonna have to get himself some of those low ridin nut huggin tightie jeans with the fanncy stitching all over them.

On the other hand, he does smoke like a chimney, have a wife who wears bigger size clothes than he does, and can’t play baseball, so he’s well on his way.

Alden Pyle on June 3, 2011 at 10:54 PM

How many viewers does Tingels have? Three…four?

GarandFan on June 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

BTW. Kerry was self righteous, mildly anti-American, arrogant, cynical, hypocritical, vain and occasionally silly. I don’t know why anyone would connect him with the French.

IlikedAUH2O on June 4, 2011 at 12:42 AM

“Let’s keep race out of it for five seconds.”

Oh, the irony of this statement coming out of the mouth of a leftist….

Vic on June 4, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Heh. Beat me to it ;)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

hahaha….noticed how it didn’t even register?

csdeven on June 4, 2011 at 1:28 AM

“Lets Keep Race out of it for five seconds”

and then 5 seconds later he calls Mitt a WASP, which is a racist term used to demean someone as a preppy northerner who is rich and out of touch, good work moron.

Rbastid on June 4, 2011 at 3:46 AM

AP,

I work in Europe, and I get to the U.S. only every 45 days or so. And, having lived in England and now moving to Italy, I have had several conversation with Europeans about politics. The simple answer is that you already know what they say about Americans.

Words like “provincial”, “parochial”, “cowboy” all come out. Like all insults, there is a basis in some logic. However, America should remain firm to the individualist roots which made it successful. The folks here are scared of where the EU and the Euro are going, and it’s hard to look at Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, etc, and jump for joy at the primacy of Western European thought. The coming austerity programs will move their political Venn diagram a smidge closer to ours.

Bonjour! Buongiorno! and “bye bye”

Bigurn on June 4, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Romney has mentioned that the Obamas seem to think they are running a Monarchy and calls the Democrats the Monarchist Party. Spot on observation if ya ask me.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2011 at 7:37 AM

…and then 5 seconds later he calls Mitt a WASP, which is a racist term used to demean someone as a preppy northerner who is rich and out of touch, good work moron.

Rbastid on June 4, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Court rules that Mormons are not Protestants:

Normally, courts avoid ruling on the status of religious groups. However, a Benton County Circuit Judge in Arkansas and the Arkansas Court of Appeals were forced to do just in 2007 and 2008 during a child custody dispute. 1

In 2005, Joel Mark Rownak and Lisa Monette Rownak had agreed in their divorce to raise their children “in the Protestant faith,” unless both of them agreed to do otherwise. Their decree reads, in part:

“Based on the express agreement of the parties that the minor children be raised in the Protestant faith, the Court orders that each party hereto is enjoined from promoting another religious belief system/faith to the minor children unless both parties should consent.”

In 2007, evidence was presented to Benton County Circuit Judge John R. Scott that Joel had changed his church membership from Southern Baptist to the LDS Mormon church.

Further, he promoted the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to his sons. He led his sons in the reading of Scripture (presumably including the Book of Mormon), and in daily prayer. He had one son baptized as a Mormon, and one enrolled in Boy Scouts at the local Mormon church.

Scott ruled that the father was in contempt of the divorce decree, since the judge determined that the Mormon Church is not part of Protestantism.

Fallon on June 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Fair point about the moldiness of the stereotype.

Right, allah. europe is the home of free market capitalism and small non-intrusive government. How could I have missed that?

peacenprosperity on June 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

European?

Mathews complains that someone called O that.. Please, what other American political candidate had gone to Europe for a campaign rally and accepted overseas contributions?

El Coqui on June 4, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Fallon on June 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I’m LDS and the judge made the correct decisions. The LDS Church not a part of or connected to Protestant but are considered to be their own “family” within the Christian tradition.

Conservative Samizdat on June 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Scott ruled that the father was in contempt of the divorce decree, since the judge determined that the Mormon Church is not part of Protestantism.

Fallon on June 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM

100% correct. We are not, thank God, part of the group who thought it a good idea to accept a sequel to the Bible inspired by a womanizing fraud.

About the only thing we have in common is being Christians in the most general sense.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Matthews: Why is Romney using “slurs” against Obama by calling him “European”?

Because calling him an incompetent moronic narcissistic imbecilic boob won’t fit in the teleprompter?
That would be my first guess!

DSchoen on June 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

100% correct. We are not, thank God, part of the group who thought it a good idea to accept a sequel to the Bible inspired by a womanizing fraud.

About the only thing we have in common is being Christians in the most general sense.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM

The Book of Mormon isn’t a sequel to the Bible. Its more like a book that deals with its own world but complements the Bible.

And it wasn’t written by a womanizing fraud.

And yes, Mormons are considered to be Christians in the most general sense.

Conservative Samizdat on June 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Matthews called Romney a WASPy person. That could be considered as a form of racism…

balkanmom on June 4, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Matthews believes only he has all of the answers to solve our problems. Therefore, only he has the authority to speak. All of his guests are mere screen filler.

This clip has earned Matthews the distinction of being given the first WUSSY (White Unilateral Sissy Socialist Yankee)award from THEPC (Talking Heads Exuding Political Commentary) crowd.

MSGTAS on June 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM