George Lopez. Mitt Romney. Identity Politics.
July 15th, 2012

George Lopez clearly doesn’t know much about politics in general, or Mitt Romney in particular. Last night he joked (?) that Mitt Romney “ain’t going to get” the Latino vote because he’s “a f–king Latino and he won’t admit it.”

If Romney could credibly claim some significant portion of Mexican heritage for himself, he’d never shut up about it. And the same goes for every other single politician working in America right now. Pols in both parties are dying to cut into the Hispanic vote and catch it before it aligns semi-permananently and, so far, about the only appeal any of them have figured out is identity politics.

What world is Lopez living in where he thinks on-the-make politicians go out of their way to shun identity politics?

  1. Gabriel July 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Lopez is referring to the Romney family’s multi-generational exile in Mexico. The reason Romney doesn’t bring it up is this would raise the question of why they were living in Mexico. Sure, staking a claim to Latino affinity is great, but invoking your polygamist great-grandfather, not so much.

    Here’s some political math:

    “I’m so white I put mayonnaise and butter on toast” < "Hey, I'm Latino too!"


    “I’m so white I put mayonnaise and butter on toast” > “Hey, I’m Latino too! And to prove it here’s an old family photo. That’s my grandfather, right there, amongst the sister wives”

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  3. Anonymous July 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    shouldn’t this blog be all-DarkKnightRises-all-the-time for the next several days?

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  5. Nedward July 16, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This Lopez has made such unclear-on-the-concept joke-panders before (e.g. also said Saddam Hussein looked Mexican)

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  7. Kevin July 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I just remember the episode of Family Guy where Meg wants to watch George Lopez, to which Chris replies: “Cmon Meg, that will just reinforce the stereotype that George Lopez is funny.”