The "stunningly offensive" comments on the special relation between the UK and US that Axelrod decried were never uttered by anyone in Romney's camp.
It was a put-up job, through and through, but that won't prevent the searchers for impurity of racial thought from acting as though it had been uttered. Stacy notes that, even had someone said that, it might not be screech-worthy.
What we see here is not the speech of the Romney campaign, but the speech of a cigar-puffing plutocrat from Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871, pinning the conflagration on Mrs. O'Leary and her cow and the Shanty Irish menace, whilst envisioning the reformulated Loop that would emerge through the efforts of visionary men of culture, and Anglo-Saxon heritage. That it is a hundred and forty years out of date really doesn't matter to Chicago-school socialists who tried to put those words in his campaign's mouth—and they are the only ones who see clearly the' horror' of Anglo-Saxonism, because they are the only ones who can never let go of it.
UPDATE: It has been objected that the quote appeared in The Telegraph, which is a conservative paper, as British papers go:
As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America's enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.
In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
Mr Romney on Wednesday embarks on an overseas tour of Britain, Israel and Poland designed to quash claims by Mr Obama’s team that he is a “novice” in foreign affairs. It comes four years after Mr Obama’s own landmark foreign tour, which attracted thousands of supporters.
Let me ask you this: is it likely that the unnamed adviser who is quoted would actually have said "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have" (my emphasis) when he meant 'doesn't'? And were these remarks made to The Telegraph only, or to a press pool? A good start to untangling this might be to attach a name to the adviser, since it appears that he spoke on the record.
The author, Jon Swaine, seems to have as his bailiwick the gimlet-eyed inspection of Mr. Romney.