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Is 'Mexican Mitt' a pocho? A peek behind the Twitter parody

Screen shot from Pocho.com


On yesterday's Patt Morrison show on KPCC, cartoonist and funny man Lalo Alcaraz revealed - sort of - that's he's "a hundred percent" behind the Mitt Romney twitter parody, @Mexican Mitt.

That meaning a hundred percent behind "Mexican Mitt" as a supporter, of course.

"I think we had a misunderstanding, Patt," Alcaraz joked. "When I said I was the man behind Mexican Mitt, I meant I am behind him a hundred percent, as (are) all Latinos."

Alcaraz, who recently relaunched the Pocho.com political satire site, was cagey about @Mexican Mitt when I asked him about it recently, too. But on air, his "Ajuua!!" does sound suspiciously like that of the charro suit-clad Romney parody, who has more than 3,000 followers.

For those not familiar with @MexicanMitt, the humor revolves around Republican presidential candidate Romney's family roots in Mexico, something he's only recently begun talking about on the campaign trail. He's the descendant of Mormons who moved to Mexico from the U.S. in the late 1800s to avoid anti-polygamy laws. His grandfather and father were born in the northern state of Chihuahua. His father came to the U.S. with his parents at age five.

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Question for the weekend: What part of 'Mexico' was the South Carolina debate crowd booing?

It's been a few days now, so those of you who saw Monday's Fox News GOP presidential debate in South Carolina have had time to mull this one over. What do you think the crowd was booing when moderator Juan Williams addressed candidate Mitt Romney's Mexican roots?

Romney's family history has been the subject of much media coverage lately, including this week on KPCC. In a nutshell, he's the descendant of Mormons who moved from the U.S. to Mexico in the late 1800s, fleeing American anti-polygamy laws. His father and grandfather were born there.

The Blaze had an analysis a few days ago with a few different possible interpretations, but it's still a head-scratcher. While Romney didn't mention his connection to Mexico much until recently, he has made a point of doing so lately without incident, including during Thursday's CNN debate in South Carolina. During Monday's debate it was Williams who brought it up, and the fact that Romney still has family in Mexico, before launching into questions about his position on immigration.

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How Mexican is Mitt? It's complicated (Audio)

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Mitt Romney, March 2010

So just how Mexican is Mitt Romney? In terms of where the paternal side of his family comes from, no question about it, though it's complicated. Culturally, not so much.

It's long been reported, though not widely until recently, that Romney's Mormon ancestors crossed the border heading south from the U.S. in the late 1800s seeking religious freedom from American anti-polygamy laws. They settled in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, where Mitt's grandfather and father were born, and where descendants of the original Romney clan still live today.

Have Romney's Mexican roots won the GOP presidential front-runner the support of Latino voters? Another not-so-much, given his hardline stance on immigration, something on which even some conservative Latinos draw the line. However a Twitter meme, the parody @MexicanMitt, is winning followers left and right.

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More over @MexicanMitt, your new rival speaks French - sort of

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The "attack croissant" of the Twitter parody?

Move over, @MexicanMitt. There's another bilingual Mitt Romney parody on Twitter now, and this one speaks (quelle horreur!) French. Sort of.

@LeVraiMitt ("the true Mitt") joined the Twitter meme ranks this morning and, like @Mexican Mitt, is steadily gaining followers and press coverage. Why French, one might ask?

Unlike the former meme, which seizes on Romney's Mexican roots (his father, a descendant of American Mormons who moved south in the 19th century, was born in the state of Chihuahua), this one seizes on the GOP presidential primary front-runner's limited command of French, picked up while living briefly in France as a Mormon missionary.

But just the fact that Romney made attempts at using French publicly has been enough for rival Newt Gingrich's campaign to blast him for it. In a recent ad painting the former Massachusetts governor as yet another too-liberal politico from that state, the voice-over says ominously: "and just like John Kerry...he speaks French, too!”

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