Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's parody alter ego "Mexican Mitt" has given the Twitterati almost a year's worth of belly laughs a la mexicana. But if real Romney doesn't "guin" the White House, as Mexican Mitt would say it, will he be making his exit?
Perhaps eventually, but not yet:
See, the character who began life as @Mexican Mitt, the brainchild of cartoonist and funny man Lalo Alcaraz, isn't planning to lose. From his "Final Espeech to the Nation Before I Rule Over It," posted on Alcaraz's Pocho.com satire site:
I AM IN IT TO GUIN IT. I AM THE BEST JUAN FOR THE JOB. I AM THE LAST JUAN STANDING.
He goes on:
Read it and weep. I WILL BE THE CHOSEN JUAN.
I am winning even though CHRIS CHRISTIE THREW ME UNDER THE FOOD TRUCK. On Tuesday, BIG BIRD would be SAFER AT COLONEL SANDERS’ PLANTATION.
Why is there a "Mexican Mitt" in the first place? The character was inspired by news reports that emerged early in the campaign about the real Romney's family history; Romney is the descendant of Mormons from the United States who settled in the late 1800s in Mexico, where his father and grandfather were born. Romney seldom addressed his family history early in the campaign, although his staff eventually caught on. This summer, Romney's son Craig Romney, who speaks Spanish, talked about the family's Mexican roots in Spanish-language ads.
Whether the real Romney "guins" or doesn't guin, Mexican Mitt will still be around tomorrow, Alcaraz assures. How long he'll stick around if he doesn't is uncertain. Then again, we could be hearing a hearty "Ajua!" for the next four years.