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Mitt Romney at home is an embarrassment to our country. Mitt Romney abroad is an embarrassment to the Human Race. Guess what? Voters don't care. They didn't care when Bush asked in Brazil "Do you have black people here, too?". They didn't care when Bush did all sorts of things that were embarrassing. They voted for him anyway, and those same people are going to vote for Romney. Hopefully not enough votes to get him elected, but he's going to get them.

Now if Mitt wins--God forfend--he's certainly going to have a problem with some of our allies. That's where these gaffes will matter. The US media, however, will bend over backwards to see to it that gaffes like this are minimized for fear of showing bias. I suppose there will be some ads, and we already have Harry Reid talking about Mitt's behavior, but mark my words: no one cares.

I have another prediction: in order to be "fair", our august media will dig up something, somewhere, where President Obama made a mistake on a foreign trip. Some former advisor speaking on deep background will be quoted as saying President Obama made disparaging remarks about the Turkish toilets in Cairo or really didn't care for the Schnitzel in Munich some such rubbish. Just wait for it, it's gonna happen. Because, you see, both sides do it.

But it all comes down to this: when your base is all about getting the scary, brown, "other" out of the White House, you can do practically anything short of being caught with a live girl or a dead boy, and you're going to get that vote. Most of them are probably cheering Romney's Campaign of Slights and Insults of Foreign Governments. Just mark my words: none of this will matter in November.

10:19 AM PT: Update: I'm glad this diary sparked some discussion. I wanted to make a note on the "twisted" cliche about the live girl and the dead boy: it was meant to be snarky, as a dead girl doesn't seem to have damaged Joe Scarborough any...

Originally posted to commonmass on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 06:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Hippie.

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