Romney going after African-American voting bloc?

posted at 2:41 pm on May 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Just a few weeks ago, the media thought that Mitt Romney would have so much difficulty uniting Republicans that he’d have little time or resources to attempt to expand the GOP reach.  Today, though, two pieces from the Washington Post suggest that Team Romney feels strong enough to go after the most loyal demographic of the Democratic Party.  First, their latest poll results show that Romney has solidified support among white working- and middle-class voters, especially those who feel left out of the economy:

In an election year in which the economy ranks as Americans’ top concern, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds significant advantages over President Obama among white voters who are struggling financially and buffeted by job loss, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Asked which candidate would do more to advance their families’ economic interests, middle-class white voters who say they are struggling to maintain their financial positions chose Romney over Obama by a large margin — 58 percent to 32 percent.

The former Massachusetts governor has a similar advantage on this question among white voters who have lost a job in recent years, or who have seen a family member or close friend face unemployment. …

The results underscore a continuing challenge for Obama and the Democratic Party with white voters, and particularly those without college degrees — who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are significantly more likely to be unemployed than those with higher education.

Don’t forget that this is the same poll with the ridiculous D+10 split in its sample from earlier this week.  The 26-point gap might well have been wider in a sample with a more predictive model.  Obama lost this segment by 18 points in 2008, and he’s not likely to do better this time around.  However, he can’t afford to do much worse if he wants to hang onto the White House, especially given where this vote tends to concentrate — in key swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as Wisconsin, Indiana, and even Virginia, all states Obama won in 2008.

With that base looking strong for Romney, the campaign has decided to extend its focus to the core of Obama’s support:

Mitt Romney’s campaign team has been quietly laying plans for an outreach effort to President Obama’s most loyal supporters — black voters — not just to chip away at the huge Democratic margins but also as a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach. …

Romney took his campaign to the Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia aiming to highlight his education agenda but also to connect with voters who were not part of his political calculus during the primary campaign. “I come to learn, obviously, from people who are having experiences that are unique and instructive,” he said.

Despite the obvious difficulties, Romney’s outreach to black voters could reap dividends even if he is unable to significantly chip into Obama’s support. “Suburban voters will be a real battleground, and upscale white voters like to think of themselves as tolerant and they won’t vote for a candidate that is seen as exclusionary, and the Romney folks must be aware of that,” said Bill Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “He has to persuade suburban voters that he isn’t Rick Santorum. He could break the mold a little bit and do some campaigning in African American communities. It would get people talking, and it would be all gain and very little pain.”

Obviously, no one expects Romney to seriously compete with Democrats for the majority or even a significant portion of black votes in 2012.  This bloc routinely casts more than 90% of its votes for the Democratic Party, regardless of whether Barack Obama is at the top of the ticket or not.  That kind of loyalty doesn’t just disappear or even erode much in one cycle.

That doesn’t mean Romney should let it go unchallenged, either.  Republicans need to engage more with black voters in urban areas, even when (as the Post reports) city officials show up to heckle Republicans who do so.  Thanks to Obama’s dishonest flip-flop on gay marriage, Romney has an entree to engagement on family values, and school choice is another area in which Romney and other Republicans can score some points. It may not switch many votes in this cycle, but it’s important to lay the groundwork for later conversions; you can’t get votes without showing up and asking for them, as anyone who has done retail politicking will attest.  Besides, it won’t take too many of those conversions to seriously damage Obama’s chances in November.

The fact that Romney feels strong enough to put resources into this strategy is telling.  So, too, is the frightened reaction of Mayor Michael Nutter and DA Seth Williams in Philadelphia.  Apparently, Democrats didn’t expect to play defense in this election, and they’re not prepared for it.


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Uh oh. Does this mean Romney’s coming out in favor of gay marriage?

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Apparently, Democrats didn’t expect to play defense in this election, and they’re not prepared for it.

aw.

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM

“they’re not prepared for it.”

They seldom are.

Bmore on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Good luck with that.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

keep the dems on their heels…

theblacksheepwasright on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I like the idea. Go to black schools and neighborhoods and ask them when was the last time Obama came around to visit and listen to them. Remind them that he doesn’t give a damn about them because he thinks that he can treat them like garbage and still get their votes.

Attack, attack, attack.

The Count on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

middle-class white voters who say they are struggling to maintain their financial positions chose Romney over Obama by a large margin — 58 percent to 32 percent.

I’m pretty sure it’s alot more than the white voter block, but nice grab at the race card. They might want to check the expiration date on that thing.

cajun carrot on May 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You mean the Black Block? How do you appeal to that?

leftnomore on May 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Rombo should tell them he won’t eat their dogs.

Bishop on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Oh give it up with the black vote, they will never abandon Obama and Romney is racist just for running aganst Obama. The only chance Romney or any Republican witht he black vote is to first get elected, fix the economy, get black kids out of commie training public schools, and then repeatedly highlight hope black voters take note of his results.

If these polls on black support of gay marriage are to be believed, then they clearly vote on pure emotion instead of rationality. If Obama says it,if the NAACP, then they will follow it.

Daemonocracy on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Just get Herman Cain, Col. West, Mia Love out on the stump, too. Loving Team Romney’s ‘in your face’ and ‘right back at ya’ attitude. It’s really getting the Chief Narcissist in a snit, day after love-long day. Give us more!

Bob in VA on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

said Bill Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “He has to persuade suburban voters that he isn’t Rick Santorum.

Right. Because everyone knows Santorum hates teh blacks. /

I’m fully on board the Romney train now (and never was a Santorum booster) but all these people trying to help Romney need to STFU and quit throwing other conservatives under the bus.

Kataklysmic on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I can’t help but remembering Ronald Reagan’s trip to the Bronx, 1980. It culminated in a high-decibel exchange with a local resident, amid a dense throng of reporters.

The press portrayed this at the time as a flub by Reagan, going to an urban area where his ideas were decisively rejected. But it actually helped him — it showed that the closed-mindedness was on the other side, and also that Reagan was unafraid to promote his ideas even among those least predisposed to give them a fair hearing.

So I think this is smart by Romney, even if it doesn’t draw him a single vote from the communities he visits. He can win if people think he has a coherent economic philosophy he’s willing to stand up for.

Chuckles3 on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Make The Whine play defense and spend resources on his core bloc? Excellent idea.

rbj on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

EXCELLENT. I have long said that we need to do more to talk to Black voters. Bob Parks over at Black and Right has talked about this a number of times. Glad to see someone making the effort.

Book on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I like the idea. Go to black schools and neighborhoods and ask them when was the last time Obama came around to visit and listen to them. Remind them that he doesn’t give a damn about them because he thinks that he can treat them like garbage and still get their votes.

Attack, attack, attack.

The Count on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Agreed. Just cite the horrific statistics for the black community under the Obama regime, particularly with regard to unemployment and food stamps. Appeal to the voters who don’t see themselves as victims or dependent on the government and are desperate to find a way out of this mediocrity. It is possible to convert at least some folks.

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Obamney 2012!

http://tinyurl.com/8y46xdm

dom89031 on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He won’t gain their votes, but he will gain their respect, and make it easier for them to “sit this one out”.

But if he just gains 5% of Obama’s base, that is huge, HUGE, and it makes Obama spend money where he never thought he had to.

For 6 years Mitt has been planning this…and it shows.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

OK my post got butchered from above, time to clean it up:

Oh give it up with the black vote, they will never abandon Obama and Romney is racist just for running aganst Obama. The only chance Romney or any Republican has with the black vote is to first get elected, fix the economy, get black kids out of commie public schools, and then repeatedly highlight these successes and hope black voters take note of the results.

If these polls on black support of gay marriage are to be believed, then they clearly vote on pure emotion instead of rationality. If Obama says it, if the NAACP says it, then they will follow it.

Daemonocracy on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I think it’s unfair to paint all black voters as an immovable Democratic block. Sure, Romney won’t make much headway with a black incumbent democrat candidate on the ballot, but engagement–at the local level, is key. I’d be willing to bet there’s a much-larger-than-conventional-wisdom group of voters who *would* vote for a conservative candidate if given a greater chance to become more educated on the issues. Explain how democrat policies (especially on school choice) make it more difficult for poor black people to climb the ladder. Explain how democrat policies (like minimum wage) actually make it harder for them because they eliminate entry-level jobs. Explain how small-government policies will make it easier for them to build businesses, etc.

Sure, you won’t get many this cycle, but you’ll get a few more during the next. Just hit them at the community level, and keep engaging.

Mohonri on May 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hellz yeah.

Go get ‘em Mitt.

Purple Fury on May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

family values, and school choice

This. This is the way.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Sure, why not?

It’s not pandering to advertise how core conservative principles would benefit blacks, hispanics, and everyone else. It’s not pandering to tell them how, despite decades on the democrat plantation, their lot is worse than ever. It’s not pandering to let them know that the GOP is the party of traditional marriage and family values, and that the democrat party spits on those.

A powerful argument can be made that all of the above, could in fact start splintering that bloc and make it competitive.

Rebar on May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I say that Mr. Romney’s efforts are well-meaning but completely wasted. Get elected, cut the neighborhood welfare queens off the dole, let them do some honest work that pays a salary, and they’ll quickly figure out which party keeps the number in “taxes owed” low and which doesn’t. One’s tribal solidarity often doesn’t go as far as one’s wallet.

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

he won’t gain their votes OR their respect

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

mittens milquetoast doesn’t know how to ‘go getem’…what a complete and utter JOKE!

Pragmatic on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

…oh oh!…finally a thread for the trolls…
…waiting for Upyerassideways to come in and throw down the race card in 5…4…3…2…

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

It’s not about attracting black voters, it’s about convincing independents that he’s not a racist and that he cares about issues that matter to them, such as school choice.

vermillionsky on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

BTW, this also undercuts the race card which you know will inevitably be played.

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

waste of time.

therightwinger on May 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

…oh oh!…finally a thread for the trolls…
…waiting for Upyerassideways to come in and throw down the race card in 5…4…3…2…

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

well…his cousin came running out of the basement quick enough!

mittens milquetoast doesn’t know how to ‘go getem’…what a complete and utter JOKE!

Pragmatic on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Yesterday I saw where 19% of blacks who were against gay marriage flipped to supporting it after obama did. Romney might get 10% to vote for him at best…

Hard Right on May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Even before I read the story I drew the same conclusion the Post did: This isn’t really a play for black voters, it’s a clever ploy to ingratiate the Romney campaign to upscale suburban whites. This move makes it okay to not vote for Obama because Romney’s clearly not a racist and he too cares about the problems and issues faced by African-Americans.

So I’m thinking the same thing the Washington Post is. Should I be worried?

alchemist19 on May 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

wasted resources.

portlandon on May 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

This is kind of like hearing that the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood is going to court Copt and Jewish votes.

Daikokuco on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Good luck with that.

El_Terrible on May 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I agree. Blacks’ loyalty to the Democratic Party, especially with a black president, is, you’ll excuse the expression, tribal in nature. You need no greater demonstration of that than the poll that showed blacks now moving to support gay marriage in Maryland. Dear Leader says it’s OK, so you suddenly abandon your most basic, core beliefs?

And I hate the “let’s show upscale white voters how tolerant we are” strategy. Their support of Obama is often salve for a conscience that sought out a home in a neighborhood as far away from “them” as possible, and where they can send their daughters to nearly all-white schools as they head into adolescence. Few of these voters are going to be persuaded by a couple of photo-ops with little black children. The effort is as useless and as ill-conceived as the voyage McCain made to rural blacks in the Deep South at the start of his campaign.

bobs1196 on May 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This would seem a rather large waste of time and resources. Oh well, at least it’s better than pushing for amnesty to get Hispanic votes.

Buckshot Bill on May 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

And Barcracka is out on the gay limb, naked as a jaybird!

SouthernGent on May 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Only effective (except as a diversionary maneuver) if Mitt has a black VP on the ticket. But even Allen West would siphon no more than a few measly percent. This is the most entrenched ethnic/tribal voting bloc in modern political history. They will follow the Dems and their Dear Leader to their graves–and beyond the grave, as Chicago voting patterns show.

spiritof61 on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Even before I read the story I drew the same conclusion the Post did: This isn’t really a play for black voters, it’s a clever ploy to ingratiate the Romney campaign to upscale suburban whites. This move makes it okay to not vote for Obama because Romney’s clearly not a racist and he too cares about the problems and issues faced by African-Americans.

So I’m thinking the same thing the Washin

I agree alchemist, so I guess feel free to drive your car off a cliff or something :) But seriously, this isn’t about black voters its about white liberals over the age of 50. Younger white liberals will see this pandering for what it is, especially after the Daily Show inevitably lampoons it as another example of “Who Let the Dogs Out” Mitt. But its a potentially smart move for older liberal whites. Obama should be willing to travel to equally hostile territory. Not that he’ll win over the kinds of people who refer to him as a “jug eared Kenyan” but he’ll get respect from the left for daring to go on enemy territory. Ah politics.

libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

“This bloc routinely casts more than 90% of its votes for the Democratic Party…”

How’s that working out…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You racist rubes, you

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

romney to put a dent in the black on hack voting pool.

Mr. Sun on May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Obamney 2012!

dom89031 on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Bless your heart, such a sweet little nutball.

cozmo on May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

A bold move, and a good one IF DONE WELL.

It isn’t likely to get him many (if any) votes from that community, but might help him overall.

krome on May 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I think there are two winning issues with African-American votes that Romney should push. I don’t think he needs to push the gay marriage discussion, even though there is alignment with many pastors on the issue.

#1 – School choice

This one is a winner, and has been well documented

#2 – Repeal Davis-Bacon

Ok, this one is controversial, but important. It forces Project Labor Agreement (rates) on federal contracts. It was a law driven by racism (see http://www.ij.org/davis-bacon-act-background) but certainly not exclusively by that.

Yes, unions will oppose this, but they will oppose and mobilize anyway.

The discussion is worth having, because in today’s economy African-American unemployment continues to rise against the broader economic unemployment rate (http://thegrio.com/2012/01/06/black-unemployment-rises-as-national-jobless-rate-falls-to-85-lowest-in-nearly-3-years/) and is at ridiculously high levels.

At Great Depression levels.

Hence, getting folks like Stacey Swimp to bring this message to the masses on Romney’s behalf I think would be a winner.

http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/davis-bacon-jim-crows-last-stand/

I know #2 is controversial … and maybe not for Romney. But I think the discussion — centered on jobs for African-Americans — would ultimately resonate.

And Romney doesn’t need to win the vote. I think any that are persuaded, still won’t vote for him. But they will stay home as a protest.

But if the Republicans could actually deliver on significant improvement in employment and significant improvement in schooling — in face of union protests — it would deliver a crack in the monolithic voting bloc. And it would deal a blow to corrupt union support for Democrats.

And I think it is the morally right thing to do. Its not just a policy question, not just a campaign tactic. Because those don’t resonate ultimately or having lasting impact over the long haul.

But a moral crusade to level the schooling and employment playing field is a true issue of justice and freedom. And ringing that bell loudly and successfully will reverberate for a long time.

PrincetonAl on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on May 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You and dom can go get a room.

cozmo on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Even before I read the story I drew the same conclusion the Post did: This isn’t really a play for black voters, it’s a clever ploy to ingratiate the Romney campaign to upscale suburban whites. This move makes it okay to not vote for Obama because Romney’s clearly not a racist and he too cares about the problems and issues faced by African-Americans.

So I’m thinking the same thing the Washington Post is. Should I be worried?

alchemist19 on May 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

And that is how a “white racist” would be able to justify Romney’s attack, as not being sincere, and really just for other “whites”.

A shame that you fell for that, but then that is why they throw those foolish concepts out there, always a fool to latch onto them.

Yeah, Mitt did this so “whites” feel more comfortable not voting for a black…not that Obama has done nothing for this community, and has in fact harmed them, and it is mandatory that education for minorities is “fixed”.

MY or my, how easy it is to warp a weak mind…

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

It’s not about attracting black voters, it’s about convincing independents that he’s not a racist and that he cares about issues that matter to them, such as school choice.

vermillionsky on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

School choice, or vouchers, could also resonate with urban voters whose children are stuck in failing schools. While very few black voters would vote against a black President, the Hispanic community is more divided, and many Hispanics who can afford it send their children to private schools–a clearly articulated school-voucher plan could win a significant number of urban Hispanic votes for Romney.

It’s definitely worth a try, and it’s still early in the campaign.

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Pragmatic on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Wow, your moniker is far from accurate and definitely does not fit your inane comments…

ontheright on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Obama should be willing to travel to equally hostile territory. Not that he’ll win over the kinds of people who refer to him as a “jug eared Kenyan” but he’ll get respect from the left for daring to go on enemy territory.

libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Pretty much the whole country outside the urbanized coast stretches is “enemy territory” for the dog-eating snake… or was it snake-eating dog?

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

bobs1196 on May 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Funny, same thing was said about Jews, no way would they ever leave the dem party…and you are seeing them leave, not huge, but the shift has begun.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Romney should just stick to conservative principles, which apply to everyone. It’s good for him to go to black schools and groups to give them this same exact message of conservative principles, but not to try and start “empathizing” with them about some unique position and challenges. That’s infuriating and not conservative.

Treat everyone like adults – not schoolkids, of course, but it’s their parents he is really addressing. That is the conservative way.

This is nothing fatal, but it’s annoying and drifts even further away from conservativism.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Obama should be willing to travel to equally hostile territory. – libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

You mean the predominantly black, high crime inner cities? Th[ose] “hostile territor[ies]“? He’d end up as just another statistic…

ontheright on May 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Funny, same thing was said about Jews, no way would they ever leave the dem party…and you are seeing them leave, not huge, but the shift has begun.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Liberal Jews & Democrats=Ideology
Blacks & Democrats=Psychology, or perhaps Psychopathology

The latter relationship is emotional and thus much stronger. And irrational as well.

spiritof61 on May 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

It’s not a waste of time if Mr Romney is addressing Americans as the adults they are.
The only waste will be if they refuse to listen.

vityas on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Mike Nutter so totally beclowned himself with his nasty comments about Romney. Really disappointing, especially from a guy who actually backed Hillary Clinton against Obama in 2008. I guess he got caught up in the mob that descended on the scene. Ot he just wanted to avoid the Cory Booker Treatment.

Fortunately, the Philly TV stations reported pretty fairly on Romney’s visit and most of them didn’t report on the protests or Nutter’s comments.

I was delighted to see Romney doing this. He needs to show even skeptical voters that he intends to be the President of all Americans.

One thing I do wish his campaign or the RNC had done is contrast Romney actually visiting a poor neighborhood and a charter school to Obama’s most recent trips to Philly for $35,000 a plate fundraisers at the homes of white multimillinaire businessmen.

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

This bloc routinely casts more than 90% of its votes for the Democratic Party, regardless of whether Barack Obama is at the top of the ticket or not.

“Just what I was counting on,” chuckles L.B.J. from the grave.

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

It’s not about attracting black voters, it’s about convincing independents that he’s not a racist and that he cares about issues that matter to them, such as school choice.

vermillionsky on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I’m sorry vermillionsky but I grow so weary of the whole “proving he’s not a racist” meme. Why does Mitt have to prove that? Where has he ever shown he is one? Isn’t a black person who says that Romney is a racist simply because he is white himself a racist? Isn’t a voting block that is 90% in the tank for Obama simply because his skin color is similiar to theirs racist? If a race of people can turn on a dime on a core belief (gay marriage)because they follow Obama’s lead then I don’t hold out much hope that that group is using logic. It seems like they are firmly entrenched on the Dem plantation. I see this as a waste of resources. It starts in school, that’s the only place where the Liberal indoctrination can be combatted. Right now the majority of black-Americans are Dem Stepford Wives. They can’t see the destruction of their own race by the Democratic Party over the last 50 years. How effective will Mitt be against such idealogues?

neyney on May 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Going after the Black vote?
That’s just crazy talk.

I don’t like it one bit wasting time on the Black vote.
Colin Powell and Condi Rice can’t even connect the dots!

The white youth vote will eventually get older and wiser, even if they don’t show up now.

Go waste our donated money there, Mitt!

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Obama should be willing to travel to equally hostile territory.

libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

But he won’t. Because he’s already abandoned those voters and is going to rely on the Stupid Voters to try and win.

Remember, he set an all-time American record in 2008 when he got 70% of the high school dropout vote.

He’ll need not only them but the remaining 30% this time to have a chance.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Good to see, don’t treat anyone like they are a sure Obama vote. They aren’t. It’s only the Democrats that think black people aren’t capable of taking care of themselves.

kirkill on May 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Romney reaching out to fellow American citizens letting them know his plan for fixing the economy and giving parents control over the schools that their children attend…

… as well as listening to their concerns, fears, and opinions as experienced in their lives.

And some of you say it’s a waste of time and resources…

… That sounds like something a Democrat would say.

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Obama should be willing to travel to equally hostile territory. Not that he’ll win over the kinds of people who refer to him as a “jug eared Kenyan” but he’ll get respect from the left for daring to go on enemy territory. Ah politics.

libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Yeah, but then he’ll have to answer questions like: (a) Why are you forcing our Church to administer birth control and morning-after pills against our beliefs? (b) If you really don’t hate white people, why ever did you ever consider Jeremiah Wright your spiritual adviser? (c) Why are you attacking capitalism – have you ever tried to start or run a private business?

Obama doesn’t go into hostile territory to face actual voters anyway. He’s too thin-skinned and ego-maniacal to listen to anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

The Count on May 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

And I think it is the morally right thing to do. Its not just a policy question, not just a campaign tactic. Because those don’t resonate ultimately or having lasting impact over the long haul.
But a moral crusade to level the schooling and employment playing field is a true issue of justice and freedom. And ringing that bell loudly and successfully will reverberate for a long time.

PrincetonAl on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

You typed what my mind was attempting to formulate .. and well, I might add.
Why NOT appeal to ALL Americans ??

pambi on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Startling, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

“Obama has you at 14% unemployment rate, do you really think I am going to make it worse?”…

Repeat ad nauseum…

hillsoftx on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Right. Because everyone knows Santorum hates teh blacks. /

I’m fully on board the Romney train now (and never was a Santorum booster) but all these people trying to help Romney need to STFU and quit throwing other conservatives under the bus.

Kataklysmic on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I agree, but the quote was from a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute – hardly a bastion of conservatism.

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Nutter should have been arrested for supporting the Occupoopers’ clearly illegal camp at City Hall. For one of the first Tea Party gatherings, we wanted to have a little one-hour rally at Love Park around lunchtime on Apr 15 (a few years back) but had to cancel it because the city wouldn’t issue the permits. And that was for a couple hundred people taking up a little space out of traffic for an hour or two.

I finally left Philly about 6 months ago and couldn’t be happier about it. That city is heading back to what it was in the 70s. Most big cities are.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I think this is a smart move. The dems count on blocks of voters: African-Americans, unions, environmentalists, students, etc. Romney will certainly not be able to win over entire blocks and he shouldn’t try because he would be pandering just as the dems have done for years.

What he should do is drive wedges between the groups and split off voters. Peel off black voters by pitting them against the education unions. Put coal miners and oil field workers against the environmentalists. The dems have so many special interest groups that there is no way they can prevent conflicts between each. This would put them on the defensive, forcing them to spend much more than they had anticipated. It could also go a long way to breaking up block voting in the future.

ReaganWasRight on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

libfreeordie on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Pretty much the whole country outside the urbanized coast stretches is “enemy territory” for the dog-eating snake… or was it snake-eating dog?

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The Hawaiians used to eat dogs. But they have no snakes out there except for those illegally smuggled in as pets. The State has a hefty penalty for those they catch with illegal snakes-up to a $200,000 fine and 3 years in jail.

Saw an interesting story this morning-a live mongoose was captured on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. First time ever.

That beautiful island is the only island in the State where the mongoose was never introduced by humans to control rats in the sugar cane fields. That experiment was an epic fail as the rats were nocturnal and the mongoose was not. As a result, the mongoose populations on the islands where they were released went after turtle eggs and birds. They are now classified as an Invasive Species.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Startling, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Yeah, almost breataking … until one notes the contributors.
Crazy.

pambi on May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Startling, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Illuminating…

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Romney and his campaign are proving they are both smart and competant.

cheetah2 on May 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Allan West should give a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention. A much different kind of speech than the one Colin Powell gave years ago. West is a rising star and no shrinking violet. He’s the best guy to ever come along to have a shot at knocking some sense into Black voters about the Democrat’s plantation mentality.

ardenenoch on May 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

He could break the mold a little bit and do some campaigning in African American communities. It would get people talking, and it would be all gain and very little pain.”

I don’t see how this is breaking the mold. I recall both Bushes and Dole campaign for the black vote, but it always wound up proving futile on election day. It might work for Romney if he focuses exclusively on urban school choice initiatives, a concept very popular among blacks. The suburban white vote will not be affected. Any sane white suburban voter will be voting for Romney. The remaining insane will stick with Obama and laugh along with John Stewart and Bill Maher mocking Romney for acting too white in front of a black crowd.

GMO on May 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I read an article yesterday about Romney at the black school in Philadelphia. I was absolutely ashamed at how they treated him. I don’t follow their logic. They live in neighborhoods controlled by Democrats that they keep voting for. They invite them into their homes and churches. They rise and fall depending on the generosity of those Democratic officials. They obviously aren’t happy about their social and economic status but instead of holding the people they elected accountable by voting them out and trying “something different”, they blame their plight on the people they have nothing to do with. Those people were absolutely disgusted at having Romney there and if he hadn’t gone there, they would have cried “Republicans don’t like black people.”

If that mindset is not the definition of pretzel logic, it should be. Groupthink is going to be the end of blacks in America. If how he was treated there is representative of how others have been received, I’d have a tough time thinking it was even worth trying to win that bloc.

BDev on May 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

And you all said Romney wouldn’t go after Barry.

Zaggs on May 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Allan West should give a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention. A much different kind of speech than the one Colin Powell gave years ago. West is a rising star and no shrinking violet. He’s the best guy to ever come along to have a shot at knocking some sense into Black voters about the Democrat’s plantation mentality.

ardenenoch on May 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Then the liberal media will just call it a “minstrel show” like they always do. What they should do is have Allen West make a speech about military policy. Have Marco Rubio make a speech about economic policy. Have Susana Martinez make a speech about law enforcement. Don’t play the Democrats’ game of making minorities talk only about their skin color.

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

It’s not a waste of time if Mr Romney is addressing Americans as the adults they are.
The only waste will be if they refuse to listen.

vityas on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’ll drink to that.

docflash on May 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If that mindset is not the definition of pretzel logic, it should be. Groupthink is going to be the end of blacks in America. If how he was treated there is representative of how others have been received, I’d have a tough time thinking it was even worth trying to win that bloc.

BDev on May 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Aren’t they going to be surprised when President Romney comes back to their neighborhood.

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I pray that you are right, rockmom. lol

BDev on May 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Smart guy, smart campaign. This makes me happy.

When is the convention? I want to send him money but don’t want it to be spent on primaries.

LASue on May 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Dear Mitt People,

Hire Rockmom. That is all…

Fallon on May 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Sounds like a good plan.

pambi on May 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Then the liberal media will just call it a “minstrel show” like they always do. What they should do is have Allen West make a speech about military policy. Have Marco Rubio make a speech about economic policy. Have Susana Martinez make a speech about law enforcement. Don’t play the Democrats’ game of making minorities talk only about their skin color.

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Good ideas. :)

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Have Marco Rubio make a speech about economic policy. Have Susana Martinez make a speech about law enforcement. Don’t play the Democrats’ game of making minorities talk only about their skin color.

rockmom on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Those are good speakers, but take care–you are playing their game if you are apportioning major speeches by race and ethnicity. Race quotas are so entrenched in American politics–in ads and conventions and photo ops and at all levels of government–that any challenger would do well to attack the practice directly and put the Dems on the defensive. (Being a lifetime RINO, Mitt wouldn’t dare.)

Eventually he’s going to be called a racist anyway. The best way to handle it is to go on the offensive, especially against a thin-skinned prima donna like Barry. The blacks are voting for him no matter what…so don’t pander to them. Hit them with the truth, and hit hard.

spiritof61 on May 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Uh oh. Does this mean Romney’s coming out in favor of gay marriage?

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Candidate Romney has said that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. However, President Romney might be more open to the gay agenda. I’m sorry, but Romney governed as a Liberal in Massachusetts. I believe his heart is with the Liberals. I’d like to be wrong, but that’s what I believe. When November comes I’ll vote for Romney, but I expect some betrayals of conservatives if he’s elected POTUS.

Gladtobehere on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Apparently, Democrats didn’t expect to play defense in this election, and they’re not prepared for it.

That’s what happens when you’re accustomed to blind loyalty. After a while you take it for granted. The Blacks and Hispanics should take the ball and run with it. Who knows how much Barry is willing to pander to them right now to secure those votes.

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I’m fully on board the Romney train now (and never was a Santorum booster) but all these people trying to help Romney need to STFU and quit throwing other conservatives under the bus.

Kataklysmic on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

..A-men..er..brother!

It can serve no useful purpose and, besides, it’s much more fun to campaign like this and watch Obama’s and AsselHat’s heads explode!

The War Planner on May 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

That’s what happens when you’re accustomed to blind loyalty. After a while you take it for granted. The Blacks and HispanicsConservatives should take the ball and run with it. Who knows how much BarryRomney is willing to pander to them right now to secure those votes.

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Works for both Parties really.

Buckshot Bill on May 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Good move- he is campaigning in Philly to win the Bucks County and outer suburban vote- plus in New Jersey across the river.

go ahead and donate to Mitt- he is only raising money for the general election and the primaries are over as far as fundraising by the campaign. or donate to the RNC

AirForceCane on May 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I let Nutter have it on twitter yesterday for his disgusting behavior. I kept it as civil as I am capable of doing, but he really disappointed and disgusted me. If the White Mayor of a large city organized a White mob to harass the Black candidate for President it would probably start race riots. And yes I live in the Philly burbs so I know of Nutter and once thought he was a decent guy.

OxyCon on May 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Opposing teacher’s unions is always good politics

RedSoxNation on May 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

spiritof61 on May 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM

True dat – the best speakers for each topic are the ones who would give the best speeches. I think Rubio & West would do well, though.

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Something which will help Mr. Romney is most Americans can see Mr. Obama does not play well in the sand box with others.

Even Mr. Clinton eventually figured out how to play in the sandbox…We are America, our leaders must demonstrate they can play well in the sandbox. The Senate does not have a budget because Obama and Harry Reid refuse to play in the same sandbox with other elected Senators and Representatives.

If Romney can demonstrate he is an adult and can play well with others that can help Romney and republicans in 2012, 2013, 2014 and in 2016..

DVPTexFla on May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I believe it was Bush Jr who years ago spoke before a black audience and asked a simple question, is the democratic party serving your best economic interests? The answer from many in the audience was an emphatic no. Bush then asked if they felt at times the democratic party took the black vote for granted. The answer from many there was yes.

There are many in the black community who are receptive to a coherent alternative message on issues like taxes and school choice. These issues are important to all americans, don’t play the silly race pandering games of the left.

I think Romney’s going to get more of the black and Hispanic vote than both the republican and democratic party expects.

Cavalry on May 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Post-racial my arse.

FlaMurph on May 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

This is a great strategy. Obama is trying to define Romney as an uncaring vulture capitalist right now before the campaign has even started. Visiting black communities is a good way to show you “care”. This isn’t just targeted at the black community or upscale white liberals. People all over the country will notice. Romney needs to narrow the “likeability” gap and this will help….more please.

That being said, I also believe Romney is sincere about what he is doing. The GOP needs to continue to reach out to the black vote for all the reasons people have mentioned.

Finally, I am mystified by Obama’s “likeability”. He is likeable the way Ted Bundy was “likeable”. It’s all a front and he is a narcissist, like Bundy was.

breffnian on May 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

5%-10% will do the democrats in, and cripple the big-government plantation that has destroyed this community. Offer them dignity and freedom from crime and teen pregnancy. Offer them a family without the anger of the permanent victim attitude -true freedom. Talk about the left’s war on black women using inner-city planned parenthood etc.

Don L on May 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

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