Romney brushes up on his Southern slang in preparation for Dixie primaries

posted at 6:00 pm on March 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Mitt Romney doesn’t have to master the South — he could lose both Alabama and Mississippi and still secure the nomination — but he’s made an effort to connect in Dixie anyway.

Entering the region as an underdog against Rick Santorum, Romney first deployed his Southern version during a Wednesday afternoon visit to Pascagoula, Miss., blending stump pitches on energy and the military with a shout-out to campaign aide Garrett Jackson, a 2009 Ole Miss grad, who he travels with “more than my wife.”

“He’s now turning me into an, I don’t know, an unofficial Southerner,” Romney said in front of several giant oil-drilling rig platforms sitting at the port. “I’m learning to say ‘y’all.’ I like grits. Things are, strange things, are happening to me.”

On cue, Romney kept the Southern shtick going Thursday morning at a town hall-style rally in Jackson, Miss. Standing next to Gov. Phil Bryant, a recent endorser who’s from one of the most conservative counties in the state, Romney opened with a local salute.

“The governor said I had to say it right: Mornin’ y’all. Good to be with you,” Romney bantered. “I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I’ll tell you! Delicious.”

The reviews of his Southern act have been mixed. (If he really wanted to bowl everybody over, he’d accompany every Southern handshake with a friendly, “How’s your mam’n'em?” Guess Garrett Jackson hasn’t taught Mitt that one yet.) One Mississippi rally-goer told Politico that Romney’s appropriation of Southern linguistic efficiencies like “y’all” could be perceived as “disingenuous.” Another said she was essentially indifferent to his pretense of a Southern personality — but wouldn’t be indifferent to his success story if he would only tell it in a way that conveyed that it’s possible for the middle class to attain what he has. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared, “I think people in Mississippi like Mitt Romney.”

According to Rasmussen, that’s true: Romney has an 8-point lead in the state. ARG puts Newt Gingrich up by four, but it still looks like a Romney win in Mississippi is possible, maybe even likely — and, again, Romney doesn’t have to win to stay in the race. Gingrich has made a win in either Mississippi or Alabama (and preferably both!) do-or-die. If he wins neither, he’ll probably be out. Santorum, too, needs a victory in one or both to knock out Gingrich and to bolster his narrative that he’s the leading counter to Romney.

Both Gingrich and Santorum are running out of money with which to mount a fight, though. Gingrich opted to forgo a Monday fundraiser to do a little last-minute campaigning in the South, recognizing that if he raises $1 million Monday but loses Mississippi and Alabama Tuesday, he’ll have no campaign left to finance. Santorum recently said he’s “burning through [his] savings.” Romney, too, has had to spend more than he planned — but he has better-positioned supporters to hit up for more cash. Donor fatigue might be the single biggest drawback to a long primary!

At this point, it would be encouraging to see Romney take a Southern state other than Virginia (namely, Mississippi); it would weaken the argument that he’ll be unable to count on the support of the South in the general election. Romney has acknowledged that the South is “a bit of an away game” for him. Now’s when he needs to prove that he’s got what it takes to lead the entire country, not just the Northeast or the ultra-wealthy or establishment Republicans. Clearly, that’s what the Romney camp is thinking, too. Hence his “Southern makeover.”

To parrot Santorum’s advisers, though, it’d also be nice if Alabamans voted to make this a two-man race so, at the very least, we’re able to learn if all non-Romney votes up to this point really have been anti-Romney votes or whether the majority of Republicans really are OK with Romney as the nominee.


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Oye. Face Palm!

Key West Reader on March 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

He’s a smooth one that Mitt.

sharrukin on March 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

One of the few good things in this otherwise horrific run has been to see how they are. They fit him perfectly.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

“Cain’t sit here!”

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

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“Cool Hand Luke” – even better- it’d be great if Mitt could go like ” “well, Some people (ABRs) ya just can’t reach…”
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Cool Hand Mitt…. that does have a ring to it

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Seriously? Coming from you thats pretty funny.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

You’re not very discerning…forget very…not at all.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

He was making fun of himself, hes as far from Southern as it gets, that was the point. .

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Just call him Mitt Bob.

RBMN on March 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

awesome, that will put him over the top! Maybe Mitty Bob. That’s funny stuff there.

DanMan on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

OK, I’ll bite. Who isn’t laughing along? Why are you complaining about people who are complaining who aren’t even complaining?

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

“Cain’t sit here!”

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Grits Bomney

Key West Reader on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I’m not. I don’t find it funny in the least.

Especially after jackwagons like you went after Sarah Palin for it.

Kiss off.

UODuckMan on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

He was fine and I betcha the audience enjoyed it. If he launched into a rendition of “I ain’t no ways tahhhhred” I’d be concerned. Meanwhile, Obama has managed to adopt a full time Southern accent and he’s spent his life in Hawaii, Chicago, New York and Massachusetts. Not only that, he claims he has a Kansan accent.

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

“Mornin’ y’all. Good to be with you,” Romney bantered. “I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I’ll tell you! Delicious.”

What we have here is failure to communicate.

Emperor Norton on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

fake fake fake fake…

Elaine/Seinfeld

MNH on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

LOL! Talk about a quotable movie!

- What we got here is a failure to communicate.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

You do know Southerners messing with you is a sign of affection? Now, if he can’t learn to tear up whenever Freebird plays, no deal.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I like grits too Mitt!
Y’all just keep it up and we will post BO dropping his g’s…

southernms on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Romney bantered. “I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I’ll tell you! Delicious.”

He shoulda ended with, “And I know ‘cheesy.”

;D

ps. It’s cheese grits, Mr. Romney.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Me neither. Not even sure what it’s supposed to mean? Mom and Dad? Maybe?

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

What we have here is failure to communicate.

Emperor Norton on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

What you have there is a failure to comprehend.

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 P

Same here, never heard it! Must be some sort of spanish???

southernms on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Including my 4 years at GA Tech and the 12 years and counting in Raleigh, it’s been a big chunk of my life too.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

OT:..Peyton Manning is visiting the Denver Broncos..This is not good news for Tebow..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Me to either!

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

This is one of the better threads we’ve had in awhile. Good stuff all around and we needed the laughs.

DanMan on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Just please, please, please don’t do the “I ain’t no ways tired” thingy.

Cringetastic.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Lol. Well Romney asked the lead singer of Alabama, to sing Sweet Home Alabama. Even I know thats by Leonard Skynerd, so I wouldnt be too sure he knows what song Freebird is lol.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Must be those yankees up in Arkansas.

*ducks*

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

You seem to be having a hard time with the Buckley Rule my friend..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Hail far, The guvnor said some of you guys had started dating girls outside the family. Whoooeeee

Southernblogger on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

OT:..Peyton Manning is visiting the Denver Broncos..This is not good news for Tebow..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

and so…

wrong thread

southernms on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Quite a few missed you. I didn’t; I’m just giving you the message :)

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

You do know Southerners messing with you is a sign of affection? Now, if he can’t learn to tear up whenever Freebird plays, no deal.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Will Green Grass and High Tides suffice?

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Lol. Well Romney asked the lead singer of Alabama, to sing Sweet Home Alabama. Even I know thats by Leonard Skynerd, so I wouldnt be too sure he knows what song Freebird is lol.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:30

See now that there is funny :)

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Romney, on Gingrich and Santorum, while in Mississippi:

These boys is not white! These boys is not white! Hell, they ain’t even old timey!

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

My favorite.

katy the mean old lady on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Yes, but whose side is he on? Hatfields or McCoys?

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Did you see the movie Up in the Air?..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

All the younger kids call yo Miss Buy though right?

At first Mr. Jim sounded funny. After a few decades, “Mr.” my last name would now. (At least from the kids)

I love the South.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

rofl..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

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That may be so….. but you just know Mittens is being called the “Yankee” ….in Newton Leroy’s neighborhoods.

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

UODuckMan on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Alright, HD. This dude’s complaining, but he’s crying over Simple Sarah, not Mitt :-)

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Yeah sorry, was initially just too defensive. Got into “defending” mode too quickly. Been awhile since I’ve bothered to comment lol.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

You seem to be having a hard time with the Buckley Rule my friend..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

No one to honor it for, no need to stretch it either.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Don’t get your panties in a knot. You Mittbots tend to be humorless and robotic.

Southernblogger on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Not even sure what it’s supposed to mean? Mom and Dad? Maybe?

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Mom and them.

I’ve heard it in … Miami! From people who grew up/lived in central Florida. Which is the South.

Syzygy on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

At first Mr. Jim sounded funny. After a few decades, “Mr.” my last name would now. (At least from the kids)

I love the South.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Us too! One of the best thing the military did for us is introduce us to the southern culture. My kids say “sir and maam” and call people Mr. & Mrs. And a side benefit, it drives my family from the north crazy. :)

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Southernblogger on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Tee hee :-)

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Yeah sorry, was initially just too defensive. Got into “defending” mode too quickly. Been awhile since I’ve bothered to comment lol.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

LOL–Yeah time for the primaries to end and remember we are all on the same side :)

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I don’t agree..And here is why..ABO!!ABO!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You the hick, theirs too m’s in edummacated. you iss dumm.

Bishop on March 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Look hooz talkin’. Thar ain’t no e or i in thars.

Y’all ain’t from round here are ya boy.

antipc on March 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Rasmussen has ROMNEY UP 8 POINTS IN MISSISSIPPI.

ROMNEY TIED IN ALABAMA WITH SANTORUM/GINGRICH.

So, snicker if you like, because those of us who live in the South hear people try to say y’all all the time, and we’re not offended by it. In fact, we love it; and we appreciate a yankee who loves grits.

How Daunting is Santorum’s Delegate Math?

Here’s one quick test to see if you have a good sense for this stuff.

Is Illinois a must-win state for Mr. Santorum?

The answer is basically yes.

No one state is technically a must-win, and for that matter, winning the statewide vote in Illinois has no direct bearing on the delegate count (all of its delegates are awarded by Congressional district).

But Mr. Santorum will have to win in most places like Illinois to have a decent chance at preventing Mr. Romney from securing the nomination. And he’ll have to win in states much more challenging than Illinois — possibly as challenging as California — to overtake Mr. Romney in the delegate count and have the stronger case that he should be the nominee.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/how-daunting-is-santorums-delegate-math/

Well, guess what? Santorum can’t win. Why not? Because he didn’t get on the ballot!

Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much
By Felicia Sonmez

Rick Santorum won’t be winning any delegates in four of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts next month. But, at least in the 13th District, it won’t be because he didn’t try.

Santorum is down 16 delegates in the District, four in Alabama and 10 in Illinois, where he failed to submit delegate slates in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 13th districts.

That’s on top of the 64 delegates that Santorum missed a shot at on Super Tuesday. He failed to make the ballot in Virginia, where 46 bound delegates were up for grabs, and he submitted incomplete delegate slates in Ohio, giving up a chance at 18 of the 48 delegates allocated by congressional district.

On Jan. 6, the state filing deadline, a Santorum volunteer had brought to the board of elections an envelope containing nominating petitions for a slate of three Santorum delegates in the 13th, the State Journal-Register reports.

But the petitions were never submitted. A volunteer inadvertently failed to take them out of the envelope, the Journal Register reports, and the envelope wound up in the trash.

Even if those petitions had been handed in, the Journal-Register story said, it’s possible they would have been challenged. The Santorum camp was only able to round up some 50 signatures for its slate of delegates in the district, well short of the 600 required.

All in all, the Santorum campaign’s organizational missteps mean that it is already at a deficit of at least 30 delegates in the races playing out over the next month – even before voters in those contests have cast their ballots.

In some states, such as Alabama, the Santorum campaign has tried, but apparently not hard enough.

According to Shana Kluck, communications director for the Alabama Republican Party, more than 200 people are running in next Tuesday’s primary to serve as national convention delegates for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

A similar number are running to win spots as delegates for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), followed by former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Santorum?

Forty-three.

“He’s missing four spots,” Kluck said – two spots in the 7th District and two at-large delegate spots – meaning that even if Santorum wins big in the state next week, he won’t be eligible for all of Alabama’s 47 bound delegates.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/rick-santorums-delegate-woes-trying-hard-in-some-states-in-others-not-so-much/2012/03/08/gIQAM3IgzR_blog.html

mountainaires on March 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Resist We Much on March 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Left you a reply on the Gloria A. thread.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

That’s much, much, much later.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

My favorite.

katy the mean old lady on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

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“REEFORM” – Yes thats what Mittens is gonna do to DC- yesssirr ! Kinda like transform- but starts by kicking out the cronies and calling the career pols to straighten up.

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So, while in Selma, Santo was heard asking directions to Tampa. They told him, “you cain’t get thar from here.”

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Forget grits, Mitt. Go straight for the boudin, dirty rice, homemade cracklin’, crawfish/crab boil, and Blue Bell for dessert.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Alright, HD. This dude’s complaining, but he’s crying over Simple Sarah, not Mitt :-)

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

For Pete’s sake MJ, I thought you were kidding. Not you, but you really didn’t see these comments? Talk about lighten up.

But the premise of the article and most of the comments, that hes being phony trying to act like a Southerner in an attempt to appeal to Southerners, is wrong. Also, yes I don’t care that people mock Romney, its some commentators idea of sport it seems, but at least be clever about it.
nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Man you people are BRUTAL! lighten up a bit.

Whether you like it or not, he still has the best chance at being the next POTUS…unless you want 4 more years of Black Racist mixed with a bit of White Guilt.

I can hear him now, “Eat your Collard Greens!”

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Oh my gosh it was a joke, you guys are just ready to jump on the guy for any little thing. These little sophomoric digs at the guy, geez give me a break.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:13 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Don’t get your panties in a knot. You Mittbots tend to be humorless and robotic.

Southernblogger on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Again, not even close.

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Newtron needs to recruit his allies Perry and Cain, you know, genyoo-ine Southerners to get out there and call out these lying yankee fraudsters. Romney and santorum = Hildawg Clinton. Do they really think Southerners are stupid enough to vote for them because of their sudden phony accents and newfound affection for grits? Are Southerners dumb enough to??

Daikokuco on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Sho ’nuff. I didn’t notice those.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

The reviews of his Southern act have been mixed. (If he really wanted to bowl everybody over, he’d accompany every Southern handshake with a friendly, “How’s your mam’n’em?” Guess Garrett Jackson hasn’t taught Mitt that one yet.) One Mississippi rally-goer told Politico that Romney’s appropriation of Southern linguistic efficiencies like “y’all” could be perceived as “disingenuous.”

This reminds me of when Hillary tried to make herself sound southern.

Doomberg on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Yeah I agree, its like an automatic reflex, lol. Yes very excited to just get this over with already.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 P

Same here, never heard it! Must be some sort of spanish???

southernms on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Different in every state, or more. Friends of mine in in North Carolina recognize three different accents, as best I recall they know them as East, Lowlands and High Country. Sayings like that go along with them.

slickwillie2001 on March 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Did you not see my other comments? Thats a bit selective.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Do they really think Southerners are stupid enough to vote for them because of their sudden phony accents and newfound affection for grits? Are Southerners dumb enough to??

Daikokuco on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

You really don’t get the joke?

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Hi Hey!

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

mountainaires on March 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Lots of half-truths and outright lies in some of your spam pal. Your letter about the Tennessee Donks was a as close to one as I’ve seen.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

That’s much, much, much later.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Good point..:)

PS..If Romney has a good week next week the fat lady will be going toward the stage..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Did you not see my other comments? Thats a bit selective.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I did. Did you see the other ones I posted with yours?

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I hope his is better than Hillary’s was.

rplat on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM
Yeah I agree, its like an automatic reflex, lol. Yes very excited to just get this over with already.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

No problem. I, too, have been finding myself getting b&9&y on these threads. I kinda liked the light-hearted note of this one.

To be fair, our candidates are some of the whitest, white boys there are- and Santorum sounded just as absurd when he said y’all. LOL

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Sho ’nuff. I didn’t notice those.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Then …

“Cain’t sit here!”

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

You really don’t get the joke?

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yeah, right, the “joke”. Because your boy Mittens isn’t lying two-faced piece of scum that carefully feeds everything through his advisors and doesn’t tie his shoes without thinking about what he can do to make it more politically expedient for himself.

…oh wait.

Daikokuco on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Well he certainly practiced his liberal Massachusetts pro-abortion- mandated Oramacare and gay pride day voice when he was gov of that sorry state.

Don L on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Gag. Plastic Romney will never be able to connect with real people.

Pork-Chop on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

BTW MJ, seeing that you’re from the Triangle, explains a lot.

Uh-huh.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I saw the post where you showed three of my posts, when I was initially defensive, but didnt include the ones where I admitted I over reacted with my first few posts.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

LOL!

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

(If he really wanted to bowl everybody over, he’d accompany every Southern handshake with a friendly, “How’s your mam’n’em?” Guess Garrett Jackson hasn’t taught Mitt that one yet.)

Bowl me over Tina and tell me what mam’n’em means. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life and traveled the Gulf Coast corridor from Texas to Florida visiting family quite often and I’ve never heard it before.

Texas Gal on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Corny, hokey? Sure. But there’s something so damned yankee about him that it’s kind of cool. Might as well have a bit of fun with it.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Yeah I know and yes, they do not get any whiter then our candidates, and singers don’t get any worse then Romney either, lol.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Yeah, right, the “joke”. Because your boy Mittens isn’t lying two-faced piece of scum that carefully feeds everything through his advisors and doesn’t tie his shoes without thinking about what he can do to make it more politically expedient for himself.

…oh wait.

Daikokuco on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

So that would be a no. You don’t get the joke.

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I hope his is better than Hillary’s was.

rplat on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I’m still not certain that old phoney slave-voiced, sniperfire ducking leftist, isn’t more conservative than Mittens.

Didn’t she include a conscience clause in her Hillarycare?

Don L on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

the fat lady will be going toward the stage..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

She’s still dead asleep, forget any moves.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

mountainaires on March 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

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I’m sorry- but it must be said… If Richard Santorum’s primary was to be graded- he would receive an I….. for Incomplete. NRFPT.

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

“Mam ‘n ‘em” is definitely hillbilly-redneck speak. “Mam” is short for “Mamaw,” a common nickname for grandmother. “‘n ‘em” is “and them,” i.e. The rest of the family. Not something you would hear in most of the South.

rockmom on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Nobody goes to jail for not buying insurance. They have to pay a penalty if they use healthcare without insurance.

John the Libertarian on March 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Ummm….NO. We pay a penalty if we don’t maintain comprehensive health insurance coverage that meets the state’s “minimum creditable coverage” standards, unless we can demonstrate “hardship.” Our actual utilization of health care services is irrelevant.

Just Sayin on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I saw the post where you showed three of my posts, when I was initially defensive, but didnt include the ones where I admitted I over reacted with my first few posts.

nswider on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Alright, we’re cool. You know what else?

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The dog ate his petition.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

While it is fun to talk about Romney’s poor attempt at a southern accent, I wonder when HA will have a thread about Rick Santorum’s $2 million estate?
http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/how-rick-santorum-got-2-million-virginia-estate/418636

tbrickert on March 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

lol..Well she is “sleep walking” then..:)

Dire Straits on March 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Gag. Plastic Romney will never be able to connect with real people.

Pork-Chop on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

And yet they vote for him more than they do for the other candidates. How do you explain that, lamb-chop?

cicerone on March 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I’m sorry- but it must be said… If Richard Santorum’s primary was to be graded- he would receive an I….. for Incomplete. NRFPT.

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

And if mountainaires spam were to be graded for accuracy and honesty, they’d get an F.

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Me neither. Not even sure what it’s supposed to mean? Mom and Dad? Maybe?

lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Don’t know who is being quoted saying “mam’n'em”, but that’s a common term among blacks in Chicagoland.

You would say something like ‘I’m going to see Luella’n'em”. It means ‘I’m going to visit ____ and the rest of her family (them).

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Cajun OnStar

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Me neither. Not even sure what it’s supposed to mean? Mom and Dad? Maybe?
lorien1973 on March 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Presumably. Not finding anything via Google except for this which I reckon Tina ain’t referrin’ to.

All the younger kids call yo Miss Buy though right?
At first Mr. Jim sounded funny. After a few decades, “Mr.” my last name would now. (At least from the kids)
I love the South.
hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I love the South too! Funnily enough, the first time I heard adults referred to as “Miss so and so” was in Maine when I put my son in pre-school and the teachers referred to themselves that way. I did not approve – thought it sounded like a slave talking about their female master. Now I’m used to it:)

That may be so….. but you just know Mittens is being called the “Yankee” ….in Newton Leroy’s neighborhoods.
FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Does living in the approximate vicinity of the University of West Georgia count? No one calls me a Yankee, but I do have joked about it myself from time to time, mostly because I don’t handle the heat as well as these lifelong Southerners do.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Cool Hand Mitt….

FlaMurph on March 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

…what we have here is a failure to communicate.

WhatNot on March 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Yeah, right, the “joke”. Because your boy Mittens isn’t lying two-faced piece of scum that carefully feeds everything through his advisors and doesn’t tie his shoes without thinking about what he can do to make it more politically expedient for himself.

…oh wait.

Daikokuco on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I’m wondering if this site will ever get back to reasoned, honest, exchanges that don’t rely on name-calling and half truths. What do you think it would take?

hawkdriver on March 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

“Mam ‘n ‘em” is definitely hillbilly-redneck speak. “Mam” is short for “Mamaw,” a common nickname for grandmother. “‘n ‘em” is “and them,” i.e. The rest of the family. Not something you would hear in most of the South.

rockmom on March 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Yeah I figured Tina was trying to say Ma and them as in mother and family but that’s not southern talkin’ … as you say that’s hillbilly redneck. Funny how some of our ‘betters’ think they know so much about us.

Texas Gal on March 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

…what we have here is a failure to communicate.

WhatNot on March 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

- Some times nothing is a real cool hand.

MJBrutus on March 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

BTW, I’ve been living down South for 12 years and never heard “How’s your mam’n’em?”.

Buy Danish on March 9, 2012 at 6:26 P

Same here, never heard it! Must be some sort of spanish???

southernms on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Me too. I’m a native Texan and my parents were from Alabama an Georgia and I’ve never heard that phrase. I’m just waiting for Mitt to show up on the stump in a Jed Clampitt outfit.

TxAnn56 on March 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

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