Now that the general election for the Presidency is officially underway, the time for polite distance between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney has ended entirely. And given that the President's followers appear to have marching orders to cast race-based aspersions on as much criticism of him as possible, that naturally means that Mitt Romney's first web ad (embedded below) was going to be the first target:
Now, some of you may be confused - the ad doesn't say anything about race, and actually is largely positive. So what's the problem? Well, according to MSNBC contributor Karen Hunter, the problem is that the ad doesn't have any minorities in it. And because Hunter is scrupulously not racist, she apparently couldn't stand to vote for a man of a different race (IE Romney) unless he stands near people who look like her:
The ad includes a line from Romney to the effect of, "This time we'll get it right." Or, as Hunter mockingly put it, "Did he say, 'This time we’ll get it white’?”
Continuing on in this vein, Hunter accused Romney of trying to run to be President of a country without anybody who isn't white. "Maybe he’s not running for the presidency of the United States, maybe he’s running for the presidency of ‘Caucasia-stan’ or some place that doesn’t have anyone of color in it,” Hunter sneered.
When Hunter fellow MSNBC contributor Joe Watkins, also African American, suggested that the really important part of the ad was the message, not the color of the faces in it, Hunter couldn't contain her incredulity.
“I’ve always been looking for that person behind him," Hunter said, referring to the crowds that usually stand behind candidates while they give speeches, "and I don’t see a whole lot of you around him, Joe Watkins.”
Evidently, Hunter missed the woman in the back row behind Romney here:
And the guy standing next to him here:
Or the two people in the front row to his right here:
This is "Caucasia-stan?" It looks more like the United States.