No one knows exactly why Mitt Romney chose to speak before the NAACP conference in Houston earlier today. Perhaps his intended audience wasn't the African American leaders in the audience inasmuch as moderate white voters, who prefer the Republican agenda delivered to the soundtrack of racial harmony rather than racist dog whistles.
Maybe he thought the NAACP stood for the National Association for the Advancement of Corporate Persons. Or perhaps he was just continuing his commitment to the 1% of Americans by making sure that he would receive no more than 1% of the black vote, by explaining his intention to repeal the signature domestic policy achievement of the nation's first black president. Either way, he deserves some credit for speaking at the event, considering the reticence many GOP candidates have had about appearing before the NAACP.
Unfortunately, today was not the best day for the positronic interface between the TelePrompter display and the speech synthesizers of Mittbot, as it may have been overloaded by a speech section in which Romney was to quote Martin Luther King Jr. quoting G.K. Chesterton…
Speaking to NAACP, Mitt Romney actually read "End of quote" off his teleprompter. May yet read [pause] and [smile] lines
— Richard Adams (@RichardA) July 11, 2012
As Molly Ball points out, Romney frequently says, "End of quote," to communicate that he's done quoting, much like his ancestors, the telegraph machines, concluded each sentence with STOP, so this may not be a TelePrompter flub but a rhetorical quirk. Only time will tell whether technology improves to the point where Romney can seamlessly transfer data from memory files directly to his auditory drive in order to avoid this kind of speculation.
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