Friday, July 13, 2012

Mitt's NAACP Gamble

We covered Mitt 's speech at the NAACP the other day where he brought up wanting to end Obamacare and was summarily booed! It turns out that was not the end of the story.  There is much more here, that shows that Mitt made an intentional gamble and we will see how it plays out.

According to the Washington Post, Mitt got EXACTLY what he was looking for:

Was he hoping to be booed, as Nancy Pelosi has suggested? Well, Romney himself told Neil Cavuto of Fox News that he’d fully expected the reaction he got. He can’t have been innocent of the fact that the term ‘Obamacare’ is a provocation to many Democrats. Or unaware that describing the president as someone who “has not, will not, cannot” create jobs went beyond just saying the rivals disagree. The post-boo brouhaha has been great for Romney. And given that the man is no fool, I vote that those dots don’t need much connecting.

The former Massachusetts governor didn’t go to the NAACP expecting to win votes. In fact, his true audience wasn’t the one in Houston, but the one in Montana, at a fund-raiser later the same day, where he bragged about giving his NAACP hosts heck:

“When I mentioned I am going to get rid of ‘Obamacare,’ they weren’t happy. I didn’t get the same response” as here. That’s OK; I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this: Your friends who like ‘Obamacare,’ you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget, nothing is really free.”

That he’s trumpeting to donors how he’s just disabused black voters of thinking they were gonna get “more free stuff” is indeed a bold move — boldly ugly, that is. Somewhere, Newt “Give Those Kids a Mop” Gingrich is thinking he and old Mitt have more in common than he knew.

Michael Tomasky from the Dailybeast was NOT so kind

 Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn’t the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.
The really strange story out of this whole thing, is that Mitt traveled with his own group of African Americans to make absolutely sure he got exactly what he wanted out of his NAACP speech. 

Many of Romney’s claims were debunked by Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, Hilary Shelton who said that the only African Americans Romney met with after his speech were those that he brought with him. Mr. Shelton explained that Mitt Romney flew in his own African-American supporters who were not affiliated with the NAACP, in order to have some people in the crowd cheering for him.
 It is sad, but not surprising,  that we are only in July and Mitt and the republicans think its necessary to rile up the far right racist element of their party.  It is sad, but not surprising,  that instead of talking issues they are trying to create a divide between the people.  It is sad, but not surprising, that with party "leaders' like Reince Priebus and Karl Rove that they are going to play the race card early and often(they do have a history of it).  Finally it is sad, but not surprising, that Mitt Romney just can not tell the truth!  

Finally, because it fits so well into this story, and outside of the most extreme fringe of the republican party, no one cares, but Dick Cheney went out on a huge limb and endorsed Mitt Rmoney


  1. I would say I am speechless, but I am not. R.Money and his string pullers will stoop low enough to rob America of their fair share of taxes, why wouldn't they play the race card to drum up support of racists?

  2. Majic underwear!

  3. Willard can settle the open question of whether or not he's a polygamist by having his children and his wife submit to DNA testing.