Although Mitt Romney has been down a quart or two since the conventions, my unofficial poll shows him to be strong among dogfight promoters and anti-Communist theorists. He assured himself of their unyielding support by offering his endorsements to two widely suspected Republican loonies like Steve King and Allen West, a couple of congressmen who operate in another universe.
King, whose Iowa district may have more cows than people, has long favored dogfighting and has gone so far as to compare imimigrants to dogs. He even latched on to the "legitimate rape" issue, saying he was unaware that pregnancy from rape was that widespread. But that's old news on the right by now.
Never mind. When Mitt showed up to endorse King for another congressional term, he declared: "I'm looking here at Steve King. He needs to be your congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington." King returned the favor by assuring his constitutents that Mitt was a true patriot with "love for Jesus Christ our savior".
Let us turn now to Florida Tea Party congressman Allen West, who has declared that there are 80 or so Communists in Congress and recently asserted that "forward" - a word that appears in Obama's campaign slogan - is an "old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme" (Aside to Allen: It also appears in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin motto.) It didn't take long for Lou Dobbs, of Fox News, to remind us that "forward has a a very long history with Marxists and and socialists" . Dobbs never has been that original with his rightwing talking points.
Back to Romney, where today's post began: He happily appointed West as the co-chairman of his campaign's new Black Leadership Council.
But you can't fault Mitt for trying to win at least one African-American vote, can you?