“Chinese commies are commies and China commies commies commies,” Mitt Romney said at tonight’s the second presidential debate.
His actual words were, “China has been a currency manipulator for years and years and years,” but the real point didn’t require such fancy words: China equals bad, non-China equals good.
And boy did Romney hammer the China part of that equation.
It’s a strategy as tried and true as the content is stupid and false. We’ve seen him do this before — back in May, I said Romney sounded a lot like the Chinese Foreign Ministry in his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of Chen Guangcheng — but with the stakes so high now, what won’t he say in the coming days to snare those last precious votes?
Let’s take a look at what he did say tonight: “Years and years and years.”
And years, Governor? What about in 2000, just 12 years old, when China’s average annual disposable income was a mere $760: was China manipulating its currency then? When, in the span of the Obama administration, the yuan went up 11 percent relative to the dollar, what was that? More currency manipulation, got it. Even now, when China’s per capita
l GDP is still nearly six times less than the US’s, China is just artificially keeping its currency down cause it really wants to stick it to Americans, right? Because there are just so many Americans who dream about working in an iPhone-assembling factory. We’re really going to do this, Governor? Complain that a country which keeps its tenuous grasp on stability through its manufacturing sector is stealing jobs from… who, exactly?
Oh, what the fuck am I doing. Imaginary-talking to Mitt Romney must be a lot like talking to real Mitt Romney, which is to say: talking to a wall — a wall emblazoned with the image of a bald eagle overlaid on an American flag wreathing around the block letters FREEDOM, LIBERTY, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Underneath, in black font: Fuck China, Currency Commies. This message has been approved by Mitt Romney.