Always nice to have a rich white guy from the northeast telling Latinos how they think. And doing it in a way that’s just a wee bit racist.
This ranks up there with Ann Coulter lecturing Whoopi Goldbert recently on “what blacks think.” (Didn’t go over well.)
The Romney camp seems to have a fixation with racial stereotypes (who can forget their famous “anglo-saxon” comment suggesting that the black community doesn’t understand America’s supposed white heritage). And now, Team Romney is explaining how Latinos think to Buzzfeed.
Romney aides told BuzzFeed their polling indicates that Obama’s biggest vulnerability among Hispanics is that he’s viewed as a “weak leader.” In much of Latino culture, they explained, political leaders are expected to demonstrate a macho bravado, and Obama’s debate performance last month — with his verbal pauses, downward gaze, and weak defense of his own record — seemed to exacerbate the incumbent’s perception problem.
Ah, yes, the age old “quién es más macho” problem that SNL depicted only too well. Not only do Latinos have a fixation with “macho bravado,” but President Obama just isn’t “macho” enough.
And Mitt Romney is, with his fabulously dyed silver sideburns?
Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is the prince of macho, with his bulging biceps and his boyband backwards cap. Because nothing says “latin macho” like a 42 year old Irish-German-English guy from Wisconsin.
Yes, all those abuelos and abuelas remember it well, like it was yesterday, when Paul Ryan announced the death of Emiliano Zapata:
New polling in key swing states shows just how popular Romney/Ryan are with Latinos (hint: not very).