Mitt Romney, Grits and Grit

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow checks in on the grits faux pas that Mitt Romney made while campaigning in Pascagoula, Miss., last week. The incident was emblematic of how out of touch he is with voters.

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Talking Points Memo)

In his column at the New York Times, Charles M. Blow examines Mitt Romney's "grits" comment during a campaign stop last week in Pascagoula, Miss. Blow says it highlights just how out of touch Romney is with voters. 

“I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits. Things, strange things are happening to me.”

Those are the words of Willard Mitt Romney campaigning in Pascagoula, Miss., this week.

Wow. Note to Mitt: As a Southerner, I’ve never known us to find caricature endearing. But welcome to the Deep South anyway, Mitt. I wonder if you’ve been introduced to one of my favorite Southern sayings: the backhanded “Bless your heart.”

By all accounts you’re going to need it. No one expects you to do well on Tuesday when Mississippi and Alabama hold their primaries.

(Kansas holds its caucuses on Saturday, and Rick Santorum is leading the polls there.)

When Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi endorsed Romney on Thursday, he tried his best to humanize him, saying: “He just has a warm, comfortable way about him. I like to see a man when he’s holding a baby. And he looks like he’s held a baby before. Let me tell you, this man is connecting with the people of this nation, and it is about those simple things.” He knows how to hold a baby? Nice try, governor. Bless your heart.

According to Gallup, Mississippi is the most conservative state in the union, and Alabama clocks in at No. 4. Romney continues to struggle with more conservative voters. In the 2008 elections, 7 out of 10 Mississippi primary voters described themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians. Romney has also struggled with that group.

Read Charles M. Blow's entire column at the New York Times.

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