Flukegate: Mitt Romney Blows His Sister Souljah Moment

Mitt Romney’s tepid response to Rush Limbaugh’s sexism is likely to come back to haunt him in the general election, at least according to Alex Castellanos:

The former Massachusetts governor “didn’t help himself,” says Alex Castellanos, a top strategist for Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. “He had an opportunity to demonstrate strength. He left the bat on his shoulders.”

In 1992, Bill Clinton spoke out against racism within his own party; in 2012 Mitt Romney doesn’t speak out against sexism in his own party.

Why is that?

 

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Flukegate: Mitt Romney Blows His Sister Souljah Moment

  1. mhasegawa says:

    There are two possible reasons. One, that he really doesn’t understand how damaging Rush’s comments were or two, he agrees with him.

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      It may also be a political cost issue for Romney. In 2012, sexism garners more sympathy from Republicans than, in 1992, racism garnered from Democrats.

      The very fact that speaking out against sexism can lose you substantial votes among the Republican base is disturbing.

      —Santi

  2. Josh says:

    Rush also has a strong influence in the Republican party, so speaking out against him is damaging as well. When the chairman of the RNC tried to distance the the party from Rush, he was quickly put in his place.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/rnc-chairman-apologizes-to-limbaugh-in-flap-over-his-role/

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