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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Big victory for Mitt Romney today! This really shows that the Republican nominee might be making some inroads within the black community…
Addressing a predominantly black audience for just the second time on the campaign trail, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday took his message to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), delivering a speech that was received with mixed response — including multiple instances of prolonged boos…
To create jobs, he said, "I am going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare." His comments were met with extended boos from the audience.
He was also booed when he told the largely black audience that "if you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him."
On the whole, I'd say that went a lot better than most people expected.
Also, has anyone considered the possibility that the crowd was just saying 'Yoooook!!!'?
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In 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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