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Darrell Huckaby: Romney all wrong in his attitude toward the South

Darrell Huckaby, right, asked country music disc jockey star Moby, left, to narrate the audio version of "Need Two."

Darrell Huckaby, right, asked country music disc jockey star Moby, left, to narrate the audio version of "Need Two."

I don’t like Mitt Romney.

The heck of it is, I will probably wind up having to hold my nose and vote for him in November. Even more ironically, three months ago I liked Mitt Romney just fine. I would even say that I admired him -- and I certainly respected him and believed him to be a person of character and integrity.

I no longer admire Mitt Romney. I do not respect him or believe him to be a person of character and integrity -- but most of all, I don't like Mitt Romney. I think he's a putz.

Ask one of your Jewish friends.

First of all, Mitt Romney comes across as believing the fact that he has lots and lots of money makes him somehow superior to the rest of us. Understand this, I am not opposed to people making money and I am not jealous of Mitt Romney and his money. More power to him.

I am, however, opposed to people who constantly flaunt their money -- to the point that they lose all touch with the great unwashed -- like me -- who have to make do without large sums of the green stuff. Case in point -- every time a reporter asks Romney a question about just about anything his retort is "Listen, I am successful. I have worked hard. I have made a lot of money. I am not going to apologize for having a lot of money."

We get it, Mitt. But that wasn't the question.

It's getting to the point that Romney reminds me of the old Gary McKee bit. Right after Herschel Walker left Georgia to sign with Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals for what at the time seemed like a gazillion dollars, McKee would play a little clip every time Herschel's name was mentioned that went, "Gonna buy me a boat, gonna buy me a car, gonna buy me a fur coat, gonna buy me a gold Rolex watch, gonna get my teeth fixed."

No matter the question, the answer was Herschel's litany of proposed purchases. That's the way Romney is. No matter what the question, the response is, "Listen, I am successful. I have worked hard. I have made a lot of money. I am not going to apologize for having a lot of money."

Romney showed his disconnect with the average American during one of the early Republican debates when he offered to bet Texas Gov. Rick Perry $50,000 about some claim Perry had made about Romney's past record. The average American might bet a Coca-Cola or a dollar, but Romney went straight to the $50,000 mark.

Romney's penchant for so vulgarly displaying his wealth isn't what really turned me against him. It was the scorched earth advertising barrage he unleashed against Newt Gingrich after the South Carolina primary. The whole campaign was based on lies and half-truths and the thing is, Newt Gingrich, over the years, has made it very easy for opponents to find plenty of reasons to attack him and his policies without having to make up stuff. Anyone who will lie to get elected will lie after he is in office and when faced, with those lies, on the debate platform, Romney tried to deflect criticism by claiming the material was put out by PACs and that he had no knowledge of what was in the ads or what material they contained.

Right. Would you believe a guy with hair like Mitt Romney's if you heard him make such a statement? Me either.

I could forgive Romney for flaunting his wealth and for telling lies about Newt. I cannot forgive him for the condescending attitude he has taken toward my fellow Southerners during his recent campaign forays into Alabama and Mississippi. Last week he admitted that he felt like he was playing in an "away game," during a visit to the Magnolia State. And yet he wants, I assume, to be president of the entire United States -- not just New England and Utah.

And this week he has confounded his growing list of sins by mocking our language and our food. If I were president of the United States I would issue an executive order making it a capital crime for any Yankee to ever attempt to use the common contraction of the words "you" and "all." If you can't say y'all the way God and Herman Talmadge intended it be said, just shut up. Sometimes it is better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

And how dare Mitt Romney try to cozy up to the good people of Alabama and Mississippi by condescendingly announcing that he'd had his "cheesy grits" for breakfast. He should be flagellated with a cotton stalk and sent back to Massachusetts where he came from.

The fact that he is the front runner in the presidential race and yet finished third in both of this week's Southern primaries shows that the good folks of the Capstone and Mississippi agree with my assessment.

I may have to vote for Mitt Romney but I won't have to like it, and if you think, Mr. Romney, that you are so superior to us poor ignorant Southerners -- well, please feel free to kiss my rebel rump.

Darrell Huckaby is a local educator and author. Email him at dhuck08@bellsouth.net. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.

Comments

htuggle 2 years, 1 month ago

I share most of your feelings about Mitt. However the bet was for $10,000.00 not $50,000.00. It doesn't make a lot of difference as most of us would not even make a $10,000.00 bet. Unfortunately for readers of your column, the bet will probably always be $50,000.00. Mitt has frequently exhibited his disconnect with common folk. This in and of itself does not disqualify one from being President. His campaign's lies and tactics give us a window into what he believes about his primary constituents. He has taken Richard Nixon's advice for Republican presidential candidates to a new level. Nixon said to run to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general. Romney has run to the extreme right and the public with hear Romney''s extremist words again in the fall. Then the Democrats will be replaying them as they did Barry Goldwater's in 1964. The current three Republican candidates will certainly assure that Obama will get re-elected, an event thought to be impossible a few short months ago.

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Stu 2 years, 1 month ago

Another disturbing aspect of Governor Romney's campaign is that, in an effort to keep pace with his opponents' immigrant-bashing, he has recently embraced a concept called "self-deportation." The idea, promoted by several fringe anti-immigrant hate groups, is for southern communities to make the lives of Hispanic immigrants so miserable that they leave of their own "free will." It's kind of a cross between collective shunning and the Nazi Nuremberg laws. Apparently it's not enough for Governor Romney for us to force our police to hunt down undocumented immigrants like fugitive slaves -- he wants to make our war on Hispanic families even more systematic. So much for Governor Romney's attempt to portray himself as a "moderate."

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FordGalaxy 2 years, 1 month ago

Darrell, we should also admit that we have a problem with out election process. I know lots of people who have great ideas, and know how to manage business and social committments, yet they could not get on the ballot because the costs to even get your name out there are outrageous. There was a guy a few years back in South Carolina that garnered a lot of votes by simply going house to house and meeting people in cafes and restaurants. He ran no TV or Radio spots, and when he started getting attention, the state party turned on him because he didn't have the financial backing of their "establishment" candidate. And that's the big problem...most people are not rich enough to be part of the establishment, but they are graced with more intelligence and common sense than the establishment ever had.

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news2me 2 years, 1 month ago

"Romney showed his disconnect with the average American during one of the early Republican debates when he offered to bet Texas Gov. Rick Perry $50,000 about some claim Perry had made about Romney's past record. The average American might bet a Coca-Cola or a dollar, but Romney went straight to the $50,000 mark."

How is this any different than Obama coming to Atlanta for campaign fundraising with Tyler Perry as his host? $30,000 to have dinner with Obama at T. Perry's Buckhead mansion. How is that connecting with the average American?

Rick Perry or Mitt Romney could have publically agreed to donate the winners pot to a charity and the media would have ignored the gesture. The mantra is always the same: Republicans are scum, and Democrats can do no wrong.

The only reason Obama connects to the average American is because he panders to them. It scares me that the so-called average American is so blind.

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thebigid 2 years, 1 month ago

Lesse Buba, character and integrity are what y'all is after. Then y'all cut Money Bags Romney to pieces 'cuse he ain got none (which he aint). But even if he ain got none, you is gwan vote fr him anyway. Where is your own character and integrity? Or is y'all one of them, all muh liberty is gone, whiners? Y'all still gittin a paycheck? How's y'alls economy? Or y'all got one of them there special wands makes sure wimin folk don get away with nuthin they preacher don like?

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