Mitt Romney faced the most sustained booing of his presidential campaign – more than 15 seconds – when he told the NAACP that would ‘eliminate…Obamacare’.
The presumptive Republican nominee knew he would be facing a potentially hostile crowd at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston – 95 per cent of blacks voted for President Barack Obama four years ago.
But he seemed briefly stunned by the booing and catcalling from the audience and departed from his prepared remarks to argue that Obama’s healthcare reform would cause businesses to shed jobs.
The Romney campaign has been accused of deliberately getting the Republican presidential candidate booed by black people during his NAACP speech to attract votes ‘in certain racist precincts’, by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.
The GOP candidate showed the content of his character at the NAACP convention by not pandering to blacks beset by illegitimacy, poverty, crime and joblessness — and an indifferent president who stayed away.
For refusing to pander to black voters in his speech to the NAACP convention, Mitt Romney was accused by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell of pandering to his white base.
The speech, O’Donnell insisted, was part of a GOP “Southern strategy” used to appeal to “racial and racist voting.” Over at the Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky came unhinged, contending that Romney’s attempt to describe the plight of black Americans under President Obama’s hope and change, and offering real solutions to fixing the government that oppresses them, made him “a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac.”
First, does anyone with half a brain think that white racists need any convincing to vote against Obama? I think Mr. Romney has all the white racists in the bag and doesn’t have to give speeches in front of a hostile black crowd to gain their vote. Mr. Romney was trying to do something more crazy: Appeal to the rational interests of black people with reasoned logic.
Blacks have an irrational admiration for Barry Obama. None of their enthusiasm comes as a surprise given their propensity to gravitate toward demagoguery and sophistry that is spewed from the mouth of a man that has dark skin. Their so-called leaders promote a victim/entitlement mentality and they respond in turn by demonizing external forces for their woes rather than addressing the true nature of their plight. The application of logic has no basis when your world is race centered. Focusing on the ideas and values that transcend skin color and promote success are considered too “white” and are shunned.
Mitt Romney showed courage and leadership in addressing a crowd of people who by and large share a distorted image of how things should be. He wants to be everyone’s president and he did the right thing by going to the NAACP to speak. He told the black crowd about how he would deal with the problems and they took it more or less in stride until Mr. Romney mentioned the Obamacare repeal. They really love the Democrat’s monstrous creation. Will they ever get over their race-centered focus and start seeing Obama for the monster he really is?