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Let's face it fellow Democrats: Mitt Romney is the gift that keeps giving.  As the nominee of the opposition party, we couldn't ask for a more inept and amoral presidential candidate on which to train our sights.

And I appreciate the fact that DailyKos is a reality-based website and is not a place where we feel we need to bend the truth to gain the upper hand in the war of words.  So I understand perfectly well that there are some perceptions, theories, and even bits of hard evidence about candidates that just are too far-fetched and don't belong here.  Many of us know what happened when Jimmy Carter's grandson tried to post Romney's legendary "47 percent" speech weeks before it was fully vetted by a journalist.

There was one Romney meme out there this week that took a life of its own without this community's help.  An ABC News story today may have completely de-bunked this myth, but follow me below the orange bald spot for some more "deep thoughts."

As you might have heard, Romney was accused by various left-leaning sites of altering his skin-town expressly for the Latino audience watching this week's town hall that was broadcast by Univisión.  Gawker has a pretty good recap of how this meme got out there:

Mitt Romney ‘Dyed His Face Brown’ to Appeal to Latino Voters

For the reasons I cited above, I understand how many here didn't want to touch this story with a 39-1/2 foot pole.  But I take interest in all things regarding Latino politics.  My own Hispanic grandfather was a Democratic Party chairman in my state during the FDR era, and I'm always intrigued by whatever incursions Republicans try to make into the Hispanic voter base.

And you know darn well that if this type of perception happened to go against the Democratic candidate, it would have saturated the mainstream media by know.  We're all familiar with the drill: Drudge reports it, Fox News amplifies it, and before you know it, CNN, et. al., are all over it.  

At least the Brits took notice.  The Telegraph, a conservative UK publication, rose to Romney's defense in a somewhat comical way:

Perhaps it says something about Mitt Romney that such an absurd (and offensive) accusation could be taken at all seriously. He’s not history’s most natural politician; in fact, he makes Joe Biden look like Bismarck. And his backstory of U-turns and flip-flops has convinced many that he is hollow on the inside.
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It's true that Romney looks like an Oompa-Loompa that spent too long in the oven. But what probably happened is that he lay down under the sun lamp, got caught up in a particularly thrilling piece on the futures market in Forbes, banged his head reaching for his calculator, passed out and, three hours later, emerged looking like George Hamilton's younger brother. We've all been there.

But the idea that someone on his campaign thought Romney could increase the impact of the interview by trying to look more like his hosts is absurd.

Sorry guys, you made me laugh with the oompa-loompa reference but I don't buy that last sentence.  This is a campaign that will do absolutely anything, no matter how morally depraved or dumb-looking, to win.  Or to at least dig themselves out of the deep hole they are in now.  

But the ABC story, by interviewing the make-up artist, has possibly put this implausible theory to rest:

"When he walked in, I remember thinking, 'Wow this is tanner than I thought he was,' but I think he's just been outside a lot lately for his campaign," Rodriguez noted. "It was definitely a real tan."

Rodriguez has been a makeup artist for 25 years, and has applied cosmetics to hundreds of famous faces, including many celebrities and politicians, and a handful of presidents.

Sounds quite plausible that Mitt is just a John Boehner wanna be who likes tanning lamps and got a little overexposed that day.  So there ya go.  Still, the mere existence of this rumor, the mere thought that he could have, would have, even might have, is a sad commentary on just how low the Romney campaign's credibility has sunk.
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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

    by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:31:00 AM PDT

  •  The dude altered his hue. (12+ / 0-)

    I'm colorblind and I could see the difference.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:37:49 AM PDT

  •  I assumed it was a spray tan (7+ / 0-)

    or tanning bed. I don't think it looks natural and he actually hasn't been outside that much (no doing any events). I don't think it was to appear Latino, but more likely to appear "healthy". Unfortunately, he just looked orange, like Boehner.

  •  So, basically, it wasn't the make up artist, (3+ / 0-)
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    Romney did a shit job of self tanning BEFORE he arrived. You don't have white hands when you tan.

    "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

    by second gen on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:42:24 AM PDT

  •  why "JimBob" Carter (4+ / 0-)
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    Rather than "former president Jimmy Carter" or simply "Jimmy Carter"?  

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them"

    by ItsJessMe on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:44:48 AM PDT

    •  It's an affectionate term (0+ / 0-)

      My friend used to call the President that and it stuck with me.  I even used it in a song of mine: "now that Jimbob's gone / I wish we could get him back"  I have ultimate respect for the man.

      "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

      by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:59:47 AM PDT

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      •  No. It's disrespectful. (2+ / 0-)
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        Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, and has proved himself a great world citizen since leaving office. I seriously considered HR'ing your diary for that. It seems trollish, but I wanted to see if you explained it.

        What you call him in your private circles isn't appropriate for a public forum. I think diarists often forget that they're not just hanging out with buddies. This diary will be seen by a national and international audience, including, quite possibly, James Carter IV, as well as politicians and journalists.

        You may want to change it before others get here.  They may not be as patient as I opted to be. Some are rapid donut tossers.

        Besides the issue of HRs, it feels very disrepectful whether or not that's your intention.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:56:08 PM PDT

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        •  Ha, wait till you see Blanchy's comment below (0+ / 0-)

          I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

          by Hey338Too on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:58:06 PM PDT

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        •  I respectfully disagree with you. (0+ / 0-)

          Thanks for not HR'ing me.  I have defended President Carter against any and all attacks over the years.  I come from a Hispanic somewhat country-sh background and I'm sorry, I just don't consider the nickname "Jim Bob" disrespectful.   But you're right, I should probably adjust the name because the unthinking mobs could make my intentions look wrong.

          "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

          by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:08:16 PM PDT

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          •  I have never heard anybody call him (0+ / 0-)

            "JimBob" Carter before. Nobody calls him that. That is where your mistake is, using what could easily be something you made up for plausible deniability.

            •  That's the idea (0+ / 0-)

              My friend from out here in the West and I always called President Carter that.  That moniker was always a sign of my personal admiration for the man.  He was the first "regular guy" president, albeit with an outstanding moral compass and intellect, in my lifetime.  I don't need anyone to lecture me about what to to call him.

              And I don't understand what the "plausible deniability" is about. Could anyone in their right mind think this was a troll diary because that nickname? I doubt it.  This diary was about Romney and the values of this site's community.

              Eventually I caved in and changed that to his proper name, but I kinda wish I'd have left it. I've been a member of this community for eight years.  If I were to have gotten HR'ed to oblivion over something ridiculous like that, then so be it.

              "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

              by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:08:13 PM PDT

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              •  You are being less than convincing here (0+ / 0-)

                making the claim that it is an affectionate name you call him by, and that we should take your word for it that you and your friend made this up for this reason.

                It's just inaccurate, and it makes the diary about you rather than the supposed topic.

                •  Awww fer gawd's sake (0+ / 0-)

                  That's just pathetic.  You should seriously consider looking at someone's track record here (in my case, eight years)  before questioning their motives and accusing them of being disrespectful.  Peace.

                  "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

                  by emobile on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:41:48 AM PDT

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  •  Willard is just a wanna be...... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  It's "true" because it fits the narrative (3+ / 0-)
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    I remember this happening in 2000. The narrative about Gore being a serial prevaricator became so widespread that any story that suggested he was exaggerating was automatically assumed to be true unless proven otherwise.

    Romney has now entered that territory. He is seen as a joke by a large number of people, especially people in the media, and so any story that makes him look bad is automatically given more weight, even if it is self-evidently untrue.

    •  Or Bush's Debate "Lump" (0+ / 0-)

      Anyone remember that one ... 2004 Bush-Kerry debate where it looked like GWB was mouthing answers from Karl Rove like a bad ventriloquist.  Then people focused on the lump in his suit afterward.  Even the NYT was on it, because it was generally perceived Bush was Rove's puppeteer.  

      Gore didn't deserve that reputation though.  His exaggerations, especially about internet creation, were way overblown by the rightwing noise machine.

      "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

      by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:09:21 AM PDT

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  •  good meme for TDS though. (2+ / 0-)
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    Stewart had some fun with it.   I laughed.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:54:29 AM PDT

  •  I'm not quite comfortable with this point... (3+ / 0-)
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    Still, the mere existence of this rumor, the mere thought that he could have, would have, even might have, is a sad commentary on just how low the Romney campaign's credibility has sunk.
    That's almost word-for-word the rationalization that Rush Limbaugh used to offer when another one of his crazy Clinton stories turned out to be bogus.  "Well, so what if it wasn't true, doesn't the fact that so many people were willing to believe it was true tell us something? Hmmmm?"

    Yes, Rush, it tells us that people are eternally willing to put their skepticism aside when it comes to something that they truly wish with all their heart could be true.

    •  It's a fine line (1+ / 0-)
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      I can see where it borders on Limbaugh-speak.  That's why I certainly don't want to condone the spreading of these rumors, just call attention to how certain politicians like Romney set themselves up for them through their ineptitude and amorality.

      "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

      by emobile on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:25:40 AM PDT

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  •  You could easily see the pale outlines... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...of the sunglasses around his eyes.  Once again, it goes back to why?  and what is the motivation?  ...but there is no doubt he was more tan, and had sunglass lines around the eyes.

    And his hue was merely corroborated by the ABC makeup artist.  There was no refutation of anything in that statement.

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    by Floyd Blue on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:27:26 PM PDT

    •  The reverse raccoon (1+ / 0-)
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      If he was out on his boat the day before that would be enough.
      The pic on Gawker looked to me like the hue issue was the lighting, like a tungsten fill. It just looked warmer than the comparison shot (which I though was, overall, a couple points blue)

  •  Obama made himself darker too (1+ / 0-)
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    To appeal more to black voters.  Unwilling to just get 99% of the black vote, Obama went the extra mile and has started to apply darker makeup.  Obama jokingly calls it "The Full Kenyan".  Rumor also has it that Michelle Obama was getting on him for "not being black enough" so he is also making a point of hanging more with Jay Z and putting in an appearance at "that church" back in Chicago.

  •  I blame the lighting and the makeup. (2+ / 0-)
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    He looked truly odd in the photos I saw.  The skin tone was wrong and his face looked too smooth.  Mitt is a bit of rough-looking guy, rugged complexion, and he looked like he had a coat of wax on his face.  So it's bad makeup sez I, but the idea that he would go into an interview in blackface, or brownface, whatever,  is nonsense.

    Anyone who ever knew fear and want knows Romney is talking about him..

    by docterry on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:48:26 PM PDT

  •  Well all I know is, he was darker than the (0+ / 0-)

    Hispanic folks on stage with him.

    Our ears hear symphonies through wireless headsets, but our knuckles still drag the ground.

    by ZedMont on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:00:12 PM PDT

  •  If he was really that dark, it won't wear off (0+ / 0-)

    anytime soon, what with all the outdoor campaigning.

    He won't be able to show his face without his Latino makeup.  lol

    Our ears hear symphonies through wireless headsets, but our knuckles still drag the ground.

    by ZedMont on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:06:44 PM PDT

  •  Where's the long form tanning salon receipt? (0+ / 0-)

    To prove he paid the Federal Tanning Tax.

  •  I have it here somewhere... (1+ / 0-)
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    Someone yesterday posted a picture of Romney taken earlier in the morning- same suit, short and tie.  Same smirk.

    and he was definitely white. pasty. pale. luminously white.

    he's still white, I assume.

    under all that tan.

    the difference between the two pictures, taken within hours of each other was... umm...

    night and day.

    color me skeptical.

    i'll try to find that picture...

    "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

    by The Poet Deploreate on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 01:26:16 PM PDT

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