Romney’s Away Down South Game

by Bob Schwartz

Mitt Romney is downplaying expectations for his performance in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, saying the elections are an “away game” for him.

Even though home field advantage is usually a topic when one candidate can claim native or adoptive connection (Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, etc.), there are no natives or adoptees in this race at this moment. The fact is that when you’re running for President, even at the party nomination level, the U.S. is your home field. This isn’t regional beanbag, to paraphrase Romney, this is national politics. You may one day be President of all the people, and none of those people live in a foreign country.

Speaking of Mississippi, Romney also said that through a relationship with local politicians he had become an “unofficial” Southerner, parotting “y’all” and liking grits. Three things Mitt Romney has to learn:

You can move to Mississippi and other places in the South, live there, love it there, but you will not be a Southerner, unofficial or otherwise. Don’t even think about it.

“Y’all” and “All y’all” are some of the most useful linguistic creations in the English language, not just quaint phrases in a guidebook. Respect them.

What can you say about grits that hasn’t already been said? You don’t like grits, you love grits. It is the ultimate breakfast synthesizer, turning a disconnected group of eggs, toast, and meat (or meat substitute) into the best and most important meal of the day.