• Former Gingrich Surrogate Will Help Mitt Romney Alienate Black People

    Mitt RomneyIn 2008, John McCain captured four percent of the black vote, which has left the Mitt Romney campaign scant room for improvement. Is zero percent an attainable goal in a country where every major demographic encompasses a diversity of views and interests?

    What can Romney do ahead of his appearance before the NAACP tomorrow to attempt the impossible and further alienate the most solidly Democratic voting bloc in America?

    Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell has been tapped to serve as a surrogate for the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign. Bell will join Romney at the NAACP conference Wednesday in Houston, Texas…

    Bell, who served as a surrogate for Newt Gingrich earlier, got the call over the weekend. He's a part of a conference call that will help Romney hone his speech for the NAACP appearance.

    Genius! I would have thought Romney could alienate the crowd by contrasting his father's brave stand on civil rights with his own muddled record. Or he could explain how the votes of African Americans were so critical that dozens of Republican legislatures introduced legislation to disenfranchise minority voters.

    Or he might have explained to the audience that it's inaccurate to say he's uncomfortable around black people, since he's uncomfortable around everybody unless their offshore bank account is the right height.

    But now that Romney has borrowed a surrogate from a former candidate whose campaign spent Black History Month conducting a historical reenactment of the most race bait-y parts of African American history, I don't know what to expect.

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    Tags: Mitt Romney, NAACP, Newt Gingrich


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