It’s pretty sad, but I must admit that I wouldn’t know any of the latest news nowadays if it weren’t for facebook. Thank god my fb friends post so many links to the latest in the economy, education, politics and culture.
It wasn’t always this way for me; back in my married days, my ex-husband would watch MSNBC every single night for three hours, starting with Chris Matthews, followed by Keith Olbermann and finally my favorite, Rachel Maddow (I seriously love her!). So I used to get a lot of news. Too much, sometimes, because after the first hour you realize that the pundits are just rehashing the same points over and over again. On slow news days, you could tell that they were just trying to drum up more drama to keep themselves on air.
Anyway, last week, I talked about Craig Romney’s ad that proudly points to his family’s connection to Mexico in a desperate attempt to draw Latinos to his father’s campaign. The attempt to pander–and the outrageous idea that a brief family interlude in Mexico gives Mitt any insight into the immigrant experience–was so incredibly superficial as to be outright laughable.
Turns out, though, that I’m merely a Johnny-come-lately to identifying the weakness of Romney’s Mexican claim. Because–as I just discovered through a friend’s facebook post–for many months now, Mexican Mitt, “the most Mexican Man in the world” has been lampooning Romney’s presidential bid on Twitter, facebook and elsewhere on the web. [Interesting note: the person who posted the Mexican Mitt image (above) is my one libertarian friend, and I had no idea what her political views were until she began posting about Ron Paul and how cute she thinks he is...woah! I am just amused because I don't think she realizes that the liberal critique embedded in Mexican Mitt is one she would ever endorse.]
Mexican Mitt is a satirical, pocho (which is to say Chicano), outspoken take on Mitt Romney…and totally hilarious, which isn’t surprising, given his creator, Chicano satirist Lalo Alcaraz, the man behind Pocho.com.
I love the Chicano humor Mexican Mitt employs, such as explaining that he’s from “MITTchoacan” (a play on the Mexican state of Michoacan) and declaring things like, “I am going ALL THE GUEY till I pain the White House BROWN!” and “Latinos need Labambacare, pronto!” Btw Labambacare apparently includes the staples of Chicano folk-healing:
Best of all is Mexican Mitt’s reggaeton-inspired music video, where he sings, “Soy Morman, soy mor-man than you!” Check it out:
To borrow Mexican Mitt’s own words, let’s hope he’s not the “only JUAN left” come election time in November! As for me, I’m off to check fb and collect more breaking news. This is looking like HUMOR WEEK at the Daily Chicana…