Political Animal


July 11, 2012 3:30 PM Ideological Parricide

By Ed Kilgore

At the end of a rather bitter column about the devolution of the Romney family’s commitment to civil rights between George’s run for president in 1968 and his son’s this year, TNR’s Alec MacGillis delivers this keeper of a kicker:

George Romney would not have gone through a speech to the NAACP without mentioning the universal health care law he had signed. And he would not have supported laws that will make it harder for many African-Americans to vote this fall — even the few who may decide, despite all, that Mitt Romney is the man for them.

The contemporary Republican Party has a habit of demanding this sort of ideological parricide from its leaders. Just ask the people at Planned Parenthood, who probably still have a picture of their former treasurer, Prescott Bush, in a dusty drawer somewhere.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • mellowjohn on July 11, 2012 3:54 PM:

    i'm sure the only lesson mitt took from his father's support of the civil rights movement is that george romney lost.

  • Ron Byers on July 11, 2012 3:57 PM:

    I liked George Romney back in the day, not enough to vote for him, but I liked him just the same. He was sort of the Howard Dean of the Republican party. The media crushed him unfairly. The brainwashing line was blown all out of context.

  • TCinLA on July 11, 2012 4:06 PM:

    It's not the "contemporary Republican Party," it's the "contemporary southernist treason party." "Southernist" as in ideology, not geography.

    George Romney wouldn't have gone before the NAACP to provoke them so he could get video to use as red meat for his redneck voters, either.

  • c u n d gulag on July 11, 2012 4:09 PM:

    Yeah, in this case, the turd ended miles from the man who laid it.

    Normally, I say 'the turd didn't fall far from the sphincter who laid it" - but I respect his Dad too much.

    I wouldn't piss on Mitt if he was on feckin' fire.

  • Michael W on July 11, 2012 4:39 PM:

    Parricide. I learned a new word today. Initially, I thought it was just a misspelling of patricide. Thanks, Ed.

  • John Sully on July 11, 2012 4:50 PM:

    Didn't W the elder have the nickname "rubbers" when he served in congress because of his support for birth control? That wouldn't fly in today's Republican party!

  • T2 on July 11, 2012 4:54 PM:

    yeah, politics has sure changed in the last decade +. All for the bad and all Republican. There's simply no "both sides" argument to be made in a rational world. One party has lost it's mind collectively. George Romney would be crucified in a primary today. He'd never make it to the general election.

  • rea on July 11, 2012 5:31 PM:

    Why do so many recent Repubilcan nominees have major daddy issues (and in Mccain's case, daddy and grandaddy issues)?

  • Doug on July 11, 2012 6:15 PM:

    rea, I think it's mostly just a 1%-er perversion of the American ideal of "bettering" yourself.
    I mean, if you've been in the Navy and your grandfather and father were admirals in the Navy, then to outdo them, of course you HAVE to be CiC; ie, President. If you're a successful buinessman(?) and an unsuccessful governor and your father was a successful businessman AND a successful governor, BUT a failed candidate for the Presidency, of course you HAVE to be President. A sort of a generational version of one-upmanship?
    That and the Freud thing...

  • Joe Friday on July 11, 2012 9:40 PM:

    I haven't viewed the entirety of Willard's appearance in front of the NAACP, but from the excerpts I've seen, the man looked like a BUFFOON uttering such statements in front of them.

    I'm surprised they didn't give him the horn and the hook like at the Apollo Theater.

  • ZakAttack on July 11, 2012 10:41 PM:

    The same Prescott Bush who served as Nazi Germany's US banking connection?

  • Phil Perspective on July 12, 2012 2:39 AM:


  • Roy on July 12, 2012 4:16 AM:

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  • bob h on July 12, 2012 6:25 AM:

    I'm guessing this Mitt will end up only with that portion of the black vote that is clinically, Alan West-style insane. Perhaps 2-3%.

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