Nativism is real in the current presidential campaign

I post about nativism a lot, but that’s because 1) this is a concept that often gets overlooked in explaining American political attitude, and 2) I’ve been thinking and writing about it for the better part of the last five years.

Here’s some more evidence that it’s becoming a central part of the campaign discourse:

Mitt Romney has also sought to “other” President Obama, to present him as “not American” on a number of other occasions throughout this campaign. He did it on Dec. 7, 2011, and on Jan. 2, 2012.

Once could be a mistake. Twice (or more) is a pattern. The Romney campaign has clearly made a strategic decision to characterize Obama as “foreign.” Yes, they can say they are talking about his “ideas,” but that’s a distinction without a difference. The decisions he makes as president flow from his ideas. Romney is saying that Obama’s presidency would be “foreign.” There can be no question about that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-reifowitz/romney-obama-ideas-foreign_b_1699000.html

 

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