Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Anglo-Saxon heritage

The latest political dust-up is over the claim (since denied) that an adviser to Mitt Romney said to the Daily Telegraph:
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special,” the unnamed adviser told the paper. “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

People are hitting Romney now on 'racial insensitivity' and other grounds.

But honestly, don't you get a little nervous about embracing the 'Anglo-Saxons'? And surely Romney does.

Look, governor, I knew the Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons were friends of mine. And you are no Anglo-Saxon. I think I fully appreciate the history here, and this isn't a glamorous heritage.

Leave aside the stereotypes like in the image at the top (from here), and consider the picture at the right. It is the image from wikipedia of the "Reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon royal palace at Cheddar around 1000 AD". Royal palace, we're talking, a mere thousand years ago. No car elevators in there.

Not your goals or lifestyle, I'd say, governor.


Jonathon said...

I was briefly excited when I saw that "Anglo-Saxon" was trending on Twitter. I should've known that it wasn't because people were tweeting about Old English.

Mr. Verb said...

We could rig that, with some effort!!!

Eugene said...

I knew that Romney wanted to take us back to an (imagined) earlier time, but I thought he was aiming for 60 years, not 1000.

Mr. Verb said...