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If you had told me, a year ago, that the 2012 presidential campaign would feature somebody wearing blackface,

I might have believed you because it'€™s the kind of thing I can envision a Tea Partier doing. But I'm certain I would never have predicted that the person doing it would be Mitt Romney.

As Politico reported yesterday, Mitt Romney, in his appearance on the spanish-language Univision network, appeared to have dyed his skin an extra shade of brown, or orange as it were.

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Among Latinos, this is known by the slang term "€œaztecing"€ (pronounced Az-teck-ing). It’s a way to describe the make-up related actions of one who wants to artificially come across as more Latino.  Romney might believe, mistakenly, that since his father was born in Mexico, it would naturally be the case that his father's offspring would have darker skin, at least when appearing on spanish language TV.

But from the looks of him, Romney must think that Latino people are not tan, but orange. He needs to get out more and meet some of them. In his Univision appearance, he looked not like a Latino, but like one of Willie Wonka'€™s Oompa-Loompas.

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