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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Exercise in futility

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 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

Nice example of “liberal tolerance” calling people who dare to disagree with dems “the enemy”.

Hard Right on May 25, 2012 at 5:06 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

The Weasel will not even got to Wisconsin right now.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Nice example of “liberal tolerance” calling people who dare to disagree with dems “the enemy”.

Hard Right on May 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You better internalize that they are your and your loved ones’ enemies. Wake up.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Has to at least go through the motions or the Obama campaign will try to call him racist for ignoring them.

Still 90+% will vote for Obama no matter what.

A possible Romney tactic: If you want food stamps vote for Obama; if you want jobs, vote for Romney.

albill on May 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM

With that base looking strong for Romney,

LOL. Sorry, but this place is starting to seem like a clone of MittRomneyCentral. I remember when McCain was running the general attitude was one of cynicism with a touch of fatalism thrown in, and the attitude was proved to be pretty much reflective of reality. Now it seems to be rah-rah-sis-boom bah goooooooo RED TEAM! If Romney’s “solidified the base”, why are most of the national polls strangely static?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Still 90+% will vote for Obama no matter what.

A possible Romney tactic: If you want food stamps vote for Obama; if you want jobs, vote for Romney.

albill on May 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The usual Dem constituencies will be out in full force in November. This sort of fantasizing is foolish. It’s still an open question as to whether the usual GOP constituencies will show up beyond a WaPo poll. Romney had better concentrate on them.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

It’s a feint — all about reassuring suburban moderates that the Republican Party has not been taken over by distasteful race-baiters like Beck, Gingrich, Rush, Jeff Sessions and that TD Bank guy.

Romney’s not a bad guy, but some of his supporters are pretty awful and — the gay thing — a lot of voters want to be reassured that the bigots aren’t setting the tone.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Exercise in futility

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The more Col. Allen Wests and Herman Cains we have, the more progress we shall make.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I really think he should focus on Hispanics by focusing on jobs, the economy and conservative values.

Most Hispanics care about jobs and the economy, they are also mostly Catholics and were not exactly big on Obama to begin with. Obama is still going to win more votes than Romney with Hispanics, but I do think Romney can make inroads there that would seriously hurt Obama in certain states.

That would still sale to suburbia as diversity, but you can also make real positive gains with Hispanics.

William Eaton on May 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

LOL. Sorry, but this place is starting to seem like a clone of MittRomneyCentral.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

You do understand that you are reading a conservative blog, right?

Why don’t you follow this link and go comment where you belong.

Can’t believe I almost fell for your pathetic shtick.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The more Col. Allen Wests and Herman Cains we have, the more progress we shall make.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

West or Cain would lose the black vote by pretty much the same margin that Romney will. Nominating a black wouldn’t change the minds of the whole community. It’s going to take generations.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:20 PM

It’s still an open question as to whether the usual GOP constituencies will show up beyond a WaPo poll.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

No, it’s not. The left overplayed their hand, big time. Voters are pissed. The people Obama suckered with hope ‘n change last time around are painfully aware of the staggering degree of bullsheet. The Obama campaign has burned through its hardest hitting ammo and none of it has made a dent in Romney’s numbers, which have been steadily rising for weeks.

Obama’s bid for reelection is downright clucked and idiots like you and HondaV65 are in a pitifully small minority of bitter clingers.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Obama’s bid for reelection is downright clucked and idiots like you and HondaV65 are in a pitifully small minority of bitter clingers.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

You’re right. I forgot that Romney’s leading Obama nationally by 10 in poll after poll.

You do understand that you are reading a conservative blog, right?

Why don’t you follow this link and go comment where you belong.

Can’t believe I almost fell for your pathetic shtick.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Yeah, it’s “conservative”. Not “Red Team”. And the two aren’t necessarily synonymous, dolt.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I just love the fact though that “conservatism” has come to be measured by one’s devotion to a self-described progressive politician. Wait, that was another incarnation though, wasn’t it?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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

This entire election is going to be played on the Donkey’s side of the gridiron. If Mitt brings Chris Christie on board as his Veep, I call it game over. Not necessarily because he can win NJ, but he sure would be a big enough threat to all of New England that PBHO will be back on his heels just holding on to states he thought that he could take for granted. States with expensive media markets too, which will drain his war chest.

Mitt is on offense and will be threatening PBHO coast to coast. All PBHO can do is preach to those to whom he shouldn’t have to close the deal with.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I just love the fact though that “conservatism” has come to be measured by one’s devotion to a self-described progressive politician. Wait, that was another incarnation though, wasn’t it?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I just love how you keep up the pretense that you’re anything other than a concern troll for “conservatism.”

Dark Star on May 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

No sale. West is marginal and Cain is abysmal. I would love to see more blacks rally to our cause, but we need people of much higher quality than that if we are going to see them bring many people over to us.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I just love how you keep up the pretense that you’re anything other than a concern troll for “conservatism.”

Dark Star on May 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I just love how you and your other brownshirts can’t come up with one f*cking “liberal” position I’ve ever taken.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

^ Come on. Put up or shut up. I’ve been commenting here on and off for over 3 years now. Lots of comments. Find some where I’ve shown my HuffPo/DKos/DU leanings. ANYthing. The only thing you’ve got is that I don’t lick Romney’s boots.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Paging Godwin. You’ve got another loser to collect.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Paging Godwin. You’ve got another loser to collect.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Paging Kos…one of your bloggers can’t seem to use the address bar…

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Try again troll boy. You’re the one who’s out of place here. The rest of us want PBHO out and Romney in.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Try again troll boy. You’re the one who’s out of place here. The rest of us want PBHO out and Romney in.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

“Troll boy”. LOL… “You’re out of place here”…straight Alinskyite garbage.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Call us “brownshirts” again. That’s so not Alinksy.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

<blockquoteCall us “brownshirts” again. That’s so not Alinksy.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 6:00 PMI call Internet goons brownshirts whether they’re O-Bots or Mittbots. Little difference between the two anyway.

By the way, Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Call us “brownshirts” again. That’s so not Alinksy.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I call Internet goons brownshirts whether they’re O-Bots or Mittbots. Little difference between the two anyway.

By the way, Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Alinksy was referring to bringing down movements by association. They pick someone like Ryan, call him the Devil and make him their poster boy. They then try to convince people that all who associate with him are devils too.

In this case, you’re nothing. Nada. Nobody. A complete nothing. Just a low grade nuisance who likes to screech NAZI. Most of us would like to see you bugger off and don’t care where.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Geez what are you guys even arguing about dd, there isn’t anyone else. It’s Romney or 4 more years of the dog eating Kenyan ( I didn’t say he was born there, Obama did!) I am hoping Romney wants to be a great president, if not we may have to tolerate him until one comes along.

People are idiots for even questioning whether Romney should reach out to black people. All Republicans should reach out and make it clear that Democrats run their schools, counties and cities. If the Democrats protest, find your way in front of the camera and make it clear they were the party that started the KKK, block school choice and keep black people in poverty so they will be dependant on government.

The problem with Republicans is that the leadership always seems to be hiding in a hole somewhere.

Africanus on May 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Tell you what – why don’t you put your money where your mouth is. Put all your savings on a bet against Romney. Send proof to the HA management and let them hold the info through the election. They can vouch for your anon name and you don’t have to tell us who you are but after you lose all your brown shirts on that bet you may be asking for a bit of charity….

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If Romney’s “solidified the base”, why are most of the national polls strangely static?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Um… Maybe because it is only the week before Memorial Day Weekend? Plenty of time left on the game clock BUT even a concern troll like you has to admit that the GOP has pretty much unifed behind Romney while Obama got three no confidence primary “victories” and has had open defection of leading rats over private equity corporations.

The only thing I can’t figure out if you are a concern troll for Obama or (more likely) just another worthless pot-smoking basement-dwelling supporter of Ron Paul who thinks disrupting the GOP is more important than defeating the jug-eared Kenyan in the White House. And, for the record if the latter is true. Paulbots ideas of being able to wreak havoc at the convention is not going to happen.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

As someone from the Detroit area I can tell you Mitt’s outreach is a shrewd move and I think it is genuine. In Michigan, nobody gets elected to state wide office without at least addressing the issues Detroit is dealing with. Snyder made sure to check that box to become governor and he is still at it.

Mitt might not be able to get urban blacks to vote for him but he can get suburban inner ring whites by not ignoring the city. Many of these types go Democrat. They are not city dwellers but they want to see urban plight addressed as we all should.

echosyst on May 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

They are not city dwellers but they want to see urban plight addressed as we all should.

echosyst on May 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Bingo! Romney is running for President of the US to represent all citizens. Obama is circling the wagons and running for targeted interest groups.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Tell you what – why don’t you put your money where your mouth is. Put all your savings on a bet against Romney. Send proof to the HA management and let them hold the info through the election. They can vouch for your anon name and you don’t have to tell us who you are but after you lose all your brown shirts on that bet you may be asking for a bit of charity….

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’ve got a better idea, Bill: why don’t you give us a nice, succinct paragraph or two describing how exactly you are different ideologically from a liberal Democrat. Give it a shot. Convince us doubters…and there are plenty of us.

Um… Maybe because it is only the week before Memorial Day Weekend? Plenty of time left on the game clock BUT even a concern troll like you has to admit that the GOP has pretty much unifed behind Romney…

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

They have because you say so? LOL And say, weren’t you the d1ckwad who called me a “filthy commie bastard”? Why I think you’re the one. Another Internet tough guy.

And still nothing from you brownshirts demonstrating my penchant for liberal policy positions. Nothing. Nada.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

For a take from Philly, visit my friend Wyatt.

either orr on May 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’ve got a better idea, Bill: why don’t you give us a nice, succinct paragraph or two describing how exactly you are different ideologically from a liberal Democrat. Give it a shot. Convince us doubters…and there are plenty of us.

LOL speaking for the collective again are you? When did you get appointed as the spokesman for this mysterious group without a name? At least use the right name when addressing me.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM

LOL speaking for the collective again are you? When did you get appointed as the spokesman for this mysterious group without a name? At least use the right name when addressing me.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Just us doubters. Don’t have a couple of paragraphs in you, Bill?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Can’t keep the old hands steady that long, I guess. And Bill suits you, as in your soulmate Bill Maher. You’re his cheap knockoff, after all.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

It’s a feint — all about reassuring suburban moderates that the Republican Party has not been taken over by distasteful race-baiters like Beck, Gingrich, Rush…

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

You were the bigot who (just a couple of weeks ago, on another thread) defended Marion Barry’s anti-Asian racial slurs (and his suggestion that Asian owned businesses should be replaced with black owned ones).

Can you give an example of race-baiting by the above noted people that is anywhere near as bad as the statements of Barry which you defended? All you have to go on is your own prejudices against economic and social conservatives – as we proved during the epic philosophical beat-down that you received during your attempted defense of Barry on that thread.

By the way, Marion Barry just can’t stop spouting off about how much he hates asians:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/22/washington-d-c-mayor-for-life-marion-barry-s-most-outrageous-lines.html

Your attempted defense of Barry’s blatant racism shows that it is actually you that is the racist – and I will remind you of that every time I see your name on this site.

SubmarineDoc on May 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

troll/angryed alert. don’t feed it.

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Take your tan shirts and move on junior — you are out of your league, intellectually and emotionally, with the majority of the posters here.
Go see Avengers and then follow it up with a little speed dating or something. But for the first time in years leave the keyboard and live a little.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I know it seems like a hopeless task, but I am glad Romney is making a play for the African-American vote. They deserve to be freed from the Democrat plantation and to realize they are not helpless and unable to complete on a level playing field, that the Democrats are using them and enslaving many of them to entitlements, demeaning them and assuming they can’t succeed without Democrats telling them what to do and how to do it.

lukjuj on May 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

They have because you say so? LOL And say, weren’t you the d1ckwad who called me a “filthy commie bastard”?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Probably, sounds like something I would say to a concern troll.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Exercise in futility

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You are probably right.

However, the most important color in this nation is green and I don’t mean like our leader’s favorite donor’s industry.

Our President doesn’t act like any black person I have known. My black friends are clear in their objectives, logical and very nuts and bolts. His emphasis on healthcare and the taped together result smack of an academic. Look at his economic ideas – - they are lefty intellectual dreams and borderline nonsensical.

He has done nothing for the black people and they have noticed.

I don’t think he likes most of them very much.

Have Mitt offer something more innovative than cutting taxes on the rich and watch out. Trump could probably help with a plan.

IlikedAUH2O on May 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

lukjuj on May 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I think the important thing is that there is an outreach strategy even though one of the women interviewed in the called Romney’s visit to a black neighborhood in Philadelphia as denigrating to blacks. I’m guessing she is one of those racially motivated welfare recipients that think white candidates in poor black areas is paternalistic or something.

In the meantime, the Godfather of polarizing poor blacks to view the world through what entitlement programs, Marion Barry, made a speech yesterday to apologize for his racists comments insulting Asians. During the course of which he managed to call Poles “Polacks.”

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Well, Romney can go after them, and he may well win some of them. Even the NBPP is reportedly unhappy with Obama, though not for any reason that Romney would support. Still, why not go after the black voter? Some of them–those who aspire to the middle class or higher income levels, educational levels, business, etc., might be open to arguments that are persuasive regarding their future. But a great majority of black voters are SO PROPAGANDIZED by the CRT and BLT advocates who have told them for generations that they need that OBAMA MONEY, they won’t even listen. I’m heartened by writers like Star Parker and Charles Payne. I know there is a rising black middle class out there in America, and they’re quiet, but they won’t support Obama again.

One day–one fine day–women too will WAKE UP AND SMELL THE DAMN COFFEE!

At the Iowa State Fair Grounds on Thursday, Obama said: “We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control. We don’t need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. We’re not turning back the clock. We’re not going back there.”

Wha? Does Obama have “sons?”

Both the transcript of the Iowa speech distributed by the White House and a video of it posted by the Des Moines Register indicated that Obama mistakenly said “my sons.”

The video of the speech posted by the Des Moines Register also shows that despite his slip about “my sons,” the president was speaking with the help of a teleprompter.

On Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, Calif., Obama made the same mistaken reference to “my sons.”

DOES OBAMA THINK HE HAS SONS? OR DOES HE JUST BELIEVE HE’S GOD?!

mountainaires on May 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Romney is wasting his time, the GOP will never win blacks or Hispanics. Identity politics. Minorities vote according to skin color and nothing more.

Try sitting In a poly sci class filled with the teenage children of illegal immigrants. You’ll be amazed at the the ridiculous comments you hear. These people’s entire lives revolve around getting free stuff from the government, none of them believe in using birth control or using smart family planning since most of them are liberal Catholics and trust me, according to them whitey owes them free stuff for life because since they’re a minority they are somehow oppressed.

Unless this is just a tactic to make Obama sweat, don’t waste your time, mitt.

1984 in real life on May 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Does Obama have “sons?”
mountainaires

Trayvon?

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

They have because you say so? LOL And say, weren’t you the d1ckwad who called me a “filthy commie bastard”? Why I think you’re the one. Another Internet tough guy.

And still nothing from you brownshirts demonstrating my penchant for liberal policy positions. Nothing. Nada.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

*facepalm*..

Dire Straits on May 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

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…

Republicans don’t need to engage black voters. 20+ years of ham handed “engagement” hasn’t gotten us one more black vote, and if anything drove black voters away. Their mistrust of the GOP runs very deep, and it’s going to take the black community itself waking up and smelling the roses to realize the Democrats aren’t truly their “friends.”

Outlander on May 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Trying to get people who don’t look like you to vote for you is racist.

Unless you’re black.

Also, shut up.

Jim Treacher on May 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

This is old news, Romney’s been courting the black vote since 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDwwAaVmnf4

Typhonsentra on May 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM

(hours later)

You were the bigot who (just a couple of weeks ago, on another thread) defended Marion Barry’s anti-Asian racial slurs (and his suggestion that Asian owned businesses should be replaced with black owned ones).

Can you give an example of race-baiting by the above noted people that is anywhere near as bad as the statements of Barry which you defended? All you have to go on is your own prejudices against economic and social conservatives – as we proved during the epic philosophical beat-down that you received during your attempted defense of Barry on that thread.

I don’t think I ever defended Barry’s race-baiting. I think I might have said that, as a District resident who doesn’t vote in his ward, you have to live with it. Bring me the quote, you lying sack.

Beck’s “Obama hates white people.”

Rush: Everything he does. But the “magical Negro” thing stands out. And, “I hope he fails.”

Gingrich’s whole “food stamp president (“I’d go before the NAACP”) couple with his psychotic denunciation of Obama’s mild Treyvon remarks.

Jeff Sessions’ pandering to the racist vote in his opposition to the Sotomayor nomination.

And the TD Bank guy’s attempt to make the Rev. an issue again.

All racist.

(Note, by the way, that this is not a blanket denunciation of Obama opponents or Republicans in general.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

It’s a feint — all about reassuring suburban moderates that the Republican Party has not been taken over by distasteful race-baiters

DickCheneyIsAWarCriminal on May 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

As opposed to all of the race-baiters in your Democrat Party?

Starting with O’bama, who falsely claimed to be born in Kenya just to look “cool”…

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Appealing to the urban culture which worships Obungler is a lost cause but appealing to those of goodness and merit trying to escape the urban culture which worships Obungler may be worth at least some effort.

Unfortunately, on a percentage basis, well over forty years of special treatment have failed to induce that culture to improve itself so try to reach it anyway…. but remain realistic that low expectations of the urban culture changing, as usual, is simply facing facts.

viking01 on May 25, 2012 at 8:31 PM

As opposed to all of the race-baiters in your Democrat Party?

Starting with O’bama, who falsely claimed to be born in Kenya just to look “cool”…

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Now you’re incoherent.

Do you have a life?

And what’s with the grading thing, “F-”, are you 10?

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Brilliant Mitt!!!!

Hit ‘em where it’ll make a difference.

Just ask the boys on the Hood

WryTrvllr on May 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Romney going after African-American voting bloc?

A waste of time, effort, and resources other than as a futile attempt to defuse and head off charges of racism. At least he can say he tried.

Note he seems to have written off the teachers unions vote.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

DickCheneyIsAWarCriminal

Troll? Ya think? Maybe? Possibly? Could be? Perhaps?

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 8:42 PM

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Oh dear. You poor thing.

tom daschle concerned on May 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

A waste of time,

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Not if he can pull even an additional one percent.

**

Urban you and that race card. Birds of a feather.

CW on May 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Still.No.Life.

CW on May 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I know a lot of African Americans not voting for Obama. Just cannot admit it to the poor government dependent relations. And won’t admit it at exit polls either. Romney needs to court this voting block. Do not believe the media hype that we all vote based on color. Romney can erode Obama’s “base” enough for it to count.

southernms on May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Not if he can pull even an additional one percent.

CW on May 25, 2012 at 9:18 PM

If he can’t get Colin Powell’s endorsement I doubt that can happen, and that doesn’t look promising at the moment.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Still.No.Life.

CW on May 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Pathetic freak. You sit in here 24/7 copying and pasting sh1t about not having a life. Good Lord.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Take your tan shirts and move on junior — you are out of your league, intellectually and emotionally, with the majority of the posters here.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Really? The ones who can’t make an argument other than flinging “concern troll” around? Out of my league. ROFL. Nice synopsis though of the difference between our own cheap Bill Maher knockoff and a lib Democrat. Nice display of intellectual prowess there, Bill!

*facepalm*..

Dire Straits on May 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Awwww, and our little bundle of passive aggression has to weigh in with a *facepalm*…disppointed there wasn’t a :) after it…got anything else more relevant to my comment?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Probably, sounds like something I would say to a concern troll.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

You mean part of the Mittler Youth that got in during the most recent open reg period is now judging who’s a troll?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Does Obama have “sons?”
mountainaires

Trayvon?

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I just realized something. Obama has two girls and time is ticking. This devil’s spawn probably ends without the name Obama living on through the male line. Sorta like you can’t find anybody named Hitler.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

You mean part of the Mittler Youth that got in during the most recent open reg period is now judging who’s a troll?

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

No I mean it as somebody who can spot a concern troll a mile away. You don’t post comments you post themes. All negative to the GOP and neutral to laudatory to Obama (which is why I don’t know if you are employed by the jug-eared Kenyan or the crazy Texan prefered by the pot-smoking basement dwellers).

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

If he can’t get Colin Powell’s endorsement I doubt that can happen, and that doesn’t look promising at the moment.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Powell burned his bridges with the GOP long ago. Nobody is asking for his endorsement.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

…this place is starting to seem like a clone of…

I just love the fact though that “conservatism” has come to be measured by one’s devotion to…

I just love how you and your other brownshirts…

The only thing you’ve got is that I don’t lick Romney’s boots…

I call Internet goons brownshirts whether they’re O-Bots or Mittbots. Little difference between the two anyway…

You mean part of the Mittler Youth …

I think I see a pattern emerging.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Why not go after the black vote?

It isn’t like Obama is going to do that. Pretty much the opposite after his gay marriage non-coming-out party.

And given the competence, or lack thereof, in the Obama campaign, it should make for great popcorn times watching them trying to actually figure out some other appeal beyond skin color. That will be loads of fun the moment someone decides to point out black unemployment rates, especially black teen unemployment rates. Lots of fun.

ajacksonian on May 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/onirankenstein13/4993599251/

That image is you after the election this November and you are faced with the knowledge that you will hear the words President Romney for the next four years.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Powell burned his bridges with the GOP long ago. Nobody is asking for his endorsement.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I agree. The question is whether Romney has a chance to flip a significant number of black votes.

I very much doubt Romney can make a dent in the black vote no matter what he says.

Powell’s position may be an indicator.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Do not believe the media hype that we all vote based on color. Romney can erode Obama’s “base” enough for it to count.

southernms on May 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

But you know what, outreach doesn’t have to result in a vote for Romney. Just not a vote for Obama. Romney doesn’t have to convince the non-base to don elephant lapel pins and join the GOP- all he has to do is reach out enough that they understand he is not the race-hating elitist that they’ve been told he is.

To the shame of the black community, much of this “education” in racism starts at the local AME or Baptist church. Romney’s faith is a hinderance because to many of these “educators” are also outright bigots when it comes to the LDS so I would start by hammering away at school vouchers and getting children out of the truly deplorable schools they are forced to attend because of the NEA and AFT.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

See my comments, also at 9:46

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I think I see a pattern emerging.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Oh, wow. That might get your IQ all the way up to 60.

No I mean it as somebody who can spot a concern troll a mile away. You don’t post comments you post themes. All negative to the GOP and neutral to laudatory to Obama...

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Really now! You’ve had the time to comb through all my 3 1/2 years’ worth of comments in order to form that most discerning opinion of the “themes” I’ve posted on. Including being “neutral to laudatory” to Obama. Lay some exmples of that on me, genius. And what’s your “theme”?

That image is you after the election this November and you are faced with the knowledge that you will hear the words President Romney for the next four years.

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Ooooooh, look at that intellect on display! Another outstanding comment, Bill! Hilarious! I’m thinking you look awfully cute in that Red Team cheerleader outfit.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

wow. smells of ddespair.

WryTrvllr on May 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Truly sad is the internet denizen who pour their anger at life on anonymous people. Too scared to venture outside their house let alone raise a word to anyone they find solace and courage in the innertubes.

Get help soon DDRINTN!! I don’t know if it was a girl that rejected you or your Mom putting pressure on you to quit smoking dope and surfing the web all day…

Bradky on May 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I think I see a pattern emerging.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Oh, wow. That might get your IQ all the way up to 60.

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Even I with my 60 IQ can see you have either lost all self control and have become unhinged or you are trolling. Maybe both.

In any case, adeiu.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Rush: Everything he does. But the “magical Negro” thing stands out. And, “I hope he fails.”

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Rush was quoting an LA Times columnist who called your boy king “The Magic Negro.” You knew that when you got here.

Saying “I hope he fails” is not, never was, and never will be a racist statement. You knew that when you got here.

Bigoted leftist remains a bigoted leftist.

CurtZHP on May 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Doing this to go after the idiot white PC crowd is smart. You will never get more than 10-20% of backs to unhook from the combination of the government teat and never-ending excuses for black criminality.

Bending even one inch to get black votes is selling out for nothing. But going to black areas to smile at them and explain 7th grade economics may just be a good way to get some white PC folks to feel he is not a racist.

Spartacus on May 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

With ddrintn, all he does is talk about his doubts and losing, because that is what he is trying to accomplish. With meat puppet concern trolls it is always negative, they don’t make positive post lest they help what they oppose. They also frequently quote negative information from lefty sources. Same MO, over and over every post.

ray on May 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Even I with my 60 IQ can see you have either lost all self control and have become unhinged or you are trolling. Maybe both.

In any case, adeiu.

farsighted on May 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Total agreement here, far–just read all the CONCERN rants of our little dead-chicken humping concern troll. 3 years and his “concern” has been reaching higher and higher levels. He’s reached the stage where he needs someone to wipe the drool off his chin cause both his hands are busy…

lovingmyUSA on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

lovingmyUSA on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I tell you – he’s trending towards angryed’s level.

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I don’t think I ever defended Barry’s race-baiting. I think I might have said that, as a District resident who doesn’t vote in his ward, you have to live with it. Bring me the quote, you lying sack.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The vote for him has everything to do with the fact that he enrages people like you…and that he is personally charming and brings home the bacon

urban elitist on April 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

The substance of your defense of Barry was deflection – throwing mud at everyone right of center. You had hardly anything to say about Barry’s blatantly racist comments themselves (except to note that he was an embarrasment to some members of the district).

Try to think, instead of stereotyping. It’s hard, but you’ll get used to it.

urban elitist on April 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM

It would be good to you to follow your own advice. The overwhelming majority of conservatives are motivated by issues other than racial animus (I don’t care what the color of the prez is – the economy sux and I think that he is making matters worse rather than improving them). The comments that you made on the Barry thread demonstrated that you had a preconceived notion that all conservatives were racist – which is, when you think about it, completely bigoted.

(Note, by the way, that this is not a blanket denunciation of Obama opponents or Republicans in general.

Thanks for the clarification. Us economic conservatives are not doing this out of racial animus, we see the policies of the Obama administration as making a bad economic situation worse. Please note that the horrible economy has hurt the African American community the worst.

SubmarineDoc on May 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Looks like my comment got caught in Filter Purgatory. That’s what I get for quoting a racist troll.

CurtZHP on May 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

A possible Romney tactic: If you want food stamps vote for Obama; if you want jobs, vote for Romney.

This is NOT how you reach African Americans!
You start with “Democrats, including Obama, say they care about you, and we Republicans don’t. Then they trap you into a life of government benefits, where you are barely getting by, and you will never do better. Is this what you want from life?”
“I – we – Republicans, WANT you to be free, to have opportunities, to dream, to move up in life , to expand your horizons!”
“If you can tell me when your life was improved by Democratic policies, you have my permission to vote for him or her! Yes !
Go ahead! Vote for the Democrat that improved your life! The Councilman, the Representative, the Senator, the President that made your life better – vote for him! OR … You can give us a chance! What have you got to lose? ”
I’ll tell the RNC where to send the check – to me , I mean …

Frank_D on May 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

One other thing for Urban Elitist

I kind of tricked you into responding with examples. NOTHING is worse than the blatantly racist statements that Barry made. Could you imagine the (justified) denunciations that would be made nationwide if some prominent politician suggested that African American buisnesses should be replaced by businesses owned by another ethnic group?

Finally, you say that bringing up the “Rev” Wright issue is racist. Why? I would be just as critical of a president who attended a church run by a white guy, if that dude was just as anti-american and anti-semitic. Obama SOUGHT OUT that church, and even defende Wright, until it became electorally uncomfortable. (Some liberals have brought up the deplorable racial positions that the Mormon church held in the remote past, but they fixed that cr@pola almost a half-century ago.)

I am one of those guys who believes in equal rights – but equal rights cuts both ways. You ought to be able to criticize someone of color over legitimate differences without having to be called racist for doing so.

SubmarineDoc on May 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

lovingmyUSA on May 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Agreed!

I tell you – he’s trending towards angryed’s level.

22044 on May 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The fact that he/she/it sends out multiple insults on a single post indicates he/she/it is a lazy concern troll.

I’ll be the first to admit I am a newbie to posting here but not to reading the comments. It was good to open registration because, frankly, the whole thing was getting to be way too much an echo chamber of people who knew each other with lots of inside jokes and familiarity. From my perspective, the open registration did not destroy the discourse.

All that being said, one of the vets is going have to explain how somebody like ddrintn has survived posting here for over three years.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Living in Southern Chester County and a subscriber to the Inky, the headlines in the paper was “Romney visit riles West Phila. residents” and how Mayor Nutter and Seth Williams were upset that Romney didn’t spend time speaking to the other people. (You don’t want to be wandering or engaging the citizenry in West Philly, trust me.)
This strategy makes the independents feel more comfortable with the GOP, who will ultimately decide this election. If they see the GOP reaching out and offering solutions, then the Democratic and media racial tagging of the past will ring hollow. We need to remember the composition of the Tea Party and we all share the collective goals of small government and balanced budgets.

djaymick on May 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM

It’s a feint — all about reassuring suburban moderates that the Republican Party has not been taken over by distasteful race-baiters like Beck, Gingrich, Rush, Jeff Sessions and that TD Bank guy.

Romney’s not a bad guy, but some of his supporters are pretty awful and — the gay thing — a lot of voters want to be reassured that the bigots aren’t setting the tone.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Race-baiters like…..Bwaahahahah har de har har. Your projection is showing moron. YOUR bigoted self and you BF Obozo are going to lose. Start getting use to it.

starman on May 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

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

If your side weren’t constantly calling for lefty politicians to boycott Fox News, you probably could have convinced someone that you know what you’re talking about.

Ronnie on May 26, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Ha, guess I didn’t realize dd was moby. He’s conservative like Charles Johnson and Andy Sullivan are conservative. Loony toon.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 26, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Ha, guess I didn’t realize dd was moby. He’s conservative like Charles Johnson and Andy Sullivan are conservative. Loony toon.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 26, 2012 at 3:51 AM

He’s still far more conservative than Romney.

Buckshot Bill on May 26, 2012 at 4:03 AM

He doesn’t have to “win” here. Two or three percentage points of movement could well put a state or two in his column. Since this may be a 48-48 election, this sort of fight on the margins is crucial. I’d prefer a landslide, but you shouldn’t plan a campaign that way. Even Reagan ’80 looked awfully close until the week before the election.

foobarista on May 26, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Nice example of “liberal tolerance” calling people who dare to disagree with dems “the enemy”.

Hard Right on May 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Your martyr complex isn’t fooling anybody. Seeing as how much the right hates Obama – if for very good reasons – I’d say ‘enemy’ is a pretty accurate description.

MelonCollie on May 26, 2012 at 7:07 AM

ddrintn on May 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I believe it’s time this troll’s account should be eliminated, if someone knows of the best way to report him to the authorities. It’s one thing to be an irritable jerk – it’s another to be a threadjacking irritable jerk.

On another note, you can always tell when Romney’s onto a good idea because the all the usual liberal misfits will show up.

The Count on May 26, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Back in December 2008 I was doing an inspection on a home one morning and when I walked around the back there were 2 or 3 obama signs leaning against the house. The woman owner of the home was a black, long time city employee. As I inspected the interior she followed me around and made small talk. After a bit she asked what I thought of the election. Not wanting to offend her but being the stubborn person I am, I said,”I just think it’s sad that in a country of 300 million people these two were our only choices.” She responded by saying,” I know what you mean. You know who I liked, that Mitt Romney. If the republicans had nominated him that’s who I would have voted for. He seems like a good family man and he’s had a successful life. He seems like he would know what he is doing”

They told us that the country would never elect Reagan. They said the same about Bush II (and despite rampant and massive voter fraud still could not beat him twice). The polls are either skewered to make the people who are paying for them happy or are outright manipulated to advance the pollsters agenda. The country is basically split 30% hardcore republican, 30% hardcore democrat and 60% middle of the road yet every poll still polls a majority democrats. And yet we believe them. There is too much acceptance of the narrative that is created by the left by our side. Less time should be spent gnashing teeth, self reflecting and criticizing and all the time should be spent trying to get the truth to those who have absolutely no clue as to what is really going on in this country. I am over listening to “conservative” pundits telling me how to think. I am already awake. If these republican columnists want to have an effect they need to concentrate on telling America about the justice department that is become a political/intimidation arm of the democrat party, about epa administrators who are writing thier own laws, about labor department bueracrats who who openly attempt to destroy American businesses, about millionaire government union bosses. Whining about whether Romney is conservative or not does not do anything but aid the left in thier goals. We have a regime in power who has vowed to fundamentally change this country and they are backing up thier promise. Help obama win in 2012 and you might as well forget about 2016. If there is an election in 2016 obama and one party will decide who we get to vote for.

peacenprosperity on May 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Ha, guess I didn’t realize dd was moby. He’s conservative like Charles Johnson and Andy Sullivan are conservative. Loony toon.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 26, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Like I said, point out past comments of mine where I’ve taken ANY liberal position. I haven’t seen any replies yet and I asked for examples yesterday. You’ve just gotta love these idiots who’s rationalize RomneyCare and indexing the minimum wage in one breath and pass judgement on someone’s conservatism the next. Beautiful.

I believe it’s time this troll’s account should be eliminated, if someone knows of the best way to report him to the authorities. It’s one thing to be an irritable jerk – it’s another to be a threadjacking irritable jerk.

On another note, you can always tell when Romney’s onto a good idea because the all the usual liberal misfits will show up.

The Count on May 26, 2012 at 7:56 AM

“I can’t argue with the guy, so BAN HIM!!!!!” I hijacked the thread by interrupting a “Romney’s gonna kick ASS!!!” circle jerk? LOL Report me by e-mailing the site admins, genius. Go ahead.

ddrintn on May 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM

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