Video: Romney booed at NAACP for pledging to repeal ObamaCare

posted at 12:01 pm on July 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give Mitt Romney a lot of credit, first for agreeing to appear at the NAACP convention at all. Barack Obama won’t make an appearance this year; he’s sending Joe Biden instead. Romney had decided to focus on the economy, but part of that focus dealt with eliminating expensive and wasteful government spending — including ObamaCare, which he pledged again to repeal. The result? A cascade of boos:

“I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits,” Romney said, according to prepared remarks.

The crowd was not amused.

Romney got light applause from the crowd when the promised to “defend traditional marriage,” a position that put him at odds with both President Obama and the NAACP.

We can see a smile break out on Romney’s face, and for good reason.  This gives him all sorts of instant credibility on the Right and in the middle.  The middle will be pleased to see that Romney went to the convention at all, in the face of overt hostility, plus the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature.  The Right has doubted Romney’s commitment to repealing ObamaCare at times, but this shows that Romney is willing to repeat that pledge anywhere, even when it’s guaranteed to turn the audience against him.

So now, the focus should shift to Obama.  Will he defend his flip-flop on gay marriage at Focus on the Family? His changing tax positions at the Chamber of Commerce?  Obamanomics at an Americans for Prosperity convention?

I’d guess … no.

Update: Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.


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Well, that’s what he gets for walking into a NAA-COLORED-P race-rally with a white face.

Pork-Chop on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

“People over Profits” — Obama 2012

Madam (as in whorehouse) Pelosi made 1-5 million in 2011, in Asia.
May all the hypocrits combust, spontaneously.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

It would still be better had he skipped it. The NAACP is a racist organization, and it candidates should not feel required to address it. Had both candidates this year skipped it, including the first black president, that would’ve deeply hurt its credibility as an organization.

EricW on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

No, Romney had to do it. Had he skipped it, the Democrats and their Media would blast him from here to the Equator and back; he’d be called a Racist, or would be accused of being “afraid to go”.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM

WV. Paul on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

It was great, he didn’t care about the booing, he didn’t pander to them, he made a forceful case about what conservatism would mean to their community. Many there didnt want to hear it, but he did it, he laid it out plainly but spoke with compassion. He struck the right tone with the speech no doubt about it. Will it move the black vote? Nope, but it will help him independents and his base.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Nice speech and overall, a positive response from a tough audience.

Good for Romney – he showed courage and leadership.

LASue on July 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Romney got a standing ovation when he completed his remarks.

https://twitter.com/GarrettNBCNews/status/223071521080487936

nicktjacob on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Everyone is just a Honkey to these people.

portlandon on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The kind of remark that passes for a thought too often.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I can’t seem to get the video to work in Chrome :/ Guess I’ll try Firefox.

robertlbryant on July 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

GG and DS :)

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I’m not sure why conservatives have to go through this ritual. In my opinion, when Republicans kiss the NAACP ring, all they do is further legitimize the organization.

Should Republican candidates start showing up to MoveOn.org and Planned Parenthood events as well so we can be booed.

I think it’s great that Romney has the courage to say things in front of crowds that may be unsettling, but how about we just stop pretending that the NAACP is anything but just an arm of the Democrat Party?

BradTank on July 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The kind of remark that passes for a thought too often.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

portlandon is a wit extraordinaire. If you were not such an obtuse gnat you’d learn something from him.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

OT: Rassmussen Mack 46% Nelson 37%

wargamer6 on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If I believed for one minute that the NAALCP truly represented black Americans, I’d join the KKK and march down Main Street in a white sheet. They have shown themselves to be little more than NBPP without the clubs or the OJ jury. They represent nothing but their own venal greed. You did your best, Mitt. Now shake the dust of that filthy place from your sandals and go associate yourself with good Americans of all colors.

SKYFOX on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I can’t seem to get the video to work in Chrome :/ Guess I’ll try Firefox.

robertlbryant on July 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Worked fine for me.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Rombo gave the talk that needed to be given: You had better get past Barky’s skin color and take a close look at his performance or you will sink along with the rest of us.

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

That speech wasn’t for them, it was for us – and it may just work.

OldEnglish on July 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

don’t paint the whole group (NAACP) with one brush….just because some booed doesn’t mean that all concur….it didn’t take courage…any politician seeking votes would have done it….it would have taken courage to NOT go! But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

DUMP MITTENS NOW!

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

This is passed off as news. If he had not been booed, then that would have been news.

SC.Charlie on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The kind of remark that passes for a thought too often.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You wouldn’t know an intelligent thought if one ran over you with a SUV.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Video of Romney’s speech here: http://is.gd/7Kwvbb

nicktjacob on July 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Great move, great speech.
Good on ya, Mitt.

pambi on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

OT: Rassmussen Mack 46% Nelson 37%

wargamer6 on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Wooooooooow. That’s huge.

nicktjacob on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Saw the whole speech – he gets my vote – and respect

wheels on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

SKYFOX on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If it were only that simple, Fox.

This kabuki dance that’s become traditional is a necessary evil for GOP candidates.

I however, the limit should be the NAACP, pandering to like of Jackson or Sharpton’s Rent a Mob is outside the norm, and i hope he wont start now.

BlaxPac on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

You wouldn’t know an intelligent thought if one ran over you with a SUV.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’m sorry…what?

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Does CPAC count? What kind of “ultraconservative” event are we taliking about here? Poker night at Pragmatic’s house?

Kataklysmic on July 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I’m glad these retards booed his promise to kill Obamacare and means-test Medicare and SS. Clarity is more important than agreement. And the kooks here like FloatingDick who rail against Romney can choke on his pledge.

It seems that he only went there to show his commitment. And no Michelle, NAALCP isn’t a lion’s den. There are only hyenas and rats there…no lions.

Jaibones on July 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I think it’s great that Romney has the courage to say things in front of crowds that may be unsettling, but how about we just stop pretending that the NAACP is anything but just an arm of the Democrat Party?

BradTank on July 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

For the simple fact that this is just the way it is. The left has the media, the schools, and everything else except the Boy Scouts (a takeover attempt at which they failed but it’s not over yet).

Until a Constitutional way can be found to impel media objectivity, and compel college professors to keep from applying Marx to chemistry and physics, we’re stuck.

I don’t like it any more than you do. But sometimes you gotta kiss some a$$.

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

What is an ‘ultraconservative’? Can we get a definition here?

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Romney showed strength, bravery and leadership by doing this. All things seriously lacking over the past 3+ years.

Does anyone else find it ironic that the people that we have bent over backwards in our lifetimes to avoid any possibly signs of racisim and promote equality for are the ultimate racists?

All politics will be racial in the future. Then folks will see that equality be damned. It’s all about power.

Rockshine on July 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Video: Romney booed at NAACP for pledging to repeal ObamaCare

Romney is for freeing people from their modern day bondage.

Obama is for keeping them ‘shackled’ in modern day ‘plantations’, for votes only, exploited, uneducated, dumbed down, dependent from diapers to Depends.

That is the difference.

Looters s/b starved.

Moochers should wake up and pitfork their ‘masters’.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s OK to Leave the Plantation : The New Underground Railroad

ITguy on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The kind of remark that passes for a thought too often.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Get a clue. The only difference between this organization and Think Progress is that they don’t even pretend not to use race to bully Republicans, especially black Republicans. Look at their leader – Ben Jealous. The man is an outright bigot.

The Count on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What would you expect from this racist organization. The NAACP shouldn’t even exist. Romney made a mistake doing this. I’m afraid there are many more to come.

rickv404 on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Stay classy, NAACP.

rndmusrnm on July 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

OT: Rassmussen Mack 46% Nelson 37%

wargamer6 on July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Wooooooooow. That’s huge.

nicktjacob on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Extremely huge. That would mean a pick up for the road to repeal.

TxAnn56 on July 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Isn’t it a good thing that the MSM will highlight the boos from the NAACP for his comments about Obamacare? Brilliant political move. As Ed stated above, this just helps his credibility with the base and independents. It will also potentially help him with voters who see him as nothing more than a phony and a panderer.

GOPRanknFile on July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Update: Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

Awesome, and I see he did indeed talk about his father.

Buy Danish on July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

don’t paint the whole group (NAACP) with one brush….just because some booed doesn’t mean that all concur…

Quite correct: However, because the majority of the groups leadership *are* pretty much in lockstep with the Left, so its not exactly a stretch…

….it didn’t take courage…any politician seeking votes would have done it….it would have taken courage to NOT go!

Of *course* it takes a certain amount of guts to stand in front of a hostile audience to deliver an opposing POV to those that may disagree on instinct.

Why, look at the last time that President Obaama addressed CPAC or spoke at the Heritage Foundation or at AEI…

Oh, wait, he didn’t do that….

But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

Yeah. it’s called the RNC Convention later this year.

DUMP MITTENS NOW!

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yeah! Lets put in the person that will win yet *another* Presidential run….Ron Paul!

Oh, wait….

I meant, that dynamic political fireball, Gary Johnszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……!

LOL…

BlaxPac on July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

What is an ‘ultraconservative’? Can we get a definition here?

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I think it’s like severely conservative.

TxAnn56 on July 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That speech wasn’t for them, it was for us – and it may just work.

OldEnglish on July 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Indeed. Though there are bound to be a few in the audience whom will question the tired old NAACP blame game which gets them nowhere versus Romney’s stay-in-school, work-ethic attitude and non-dysfunctional family which got him somewhere. Hmmm… Allen West?? Maybe if “we” tried his method for success too… instead of blaming The Man.

Maybe not many in that NAACP cesspit of closed minds and dated blame games but more than last time.

viking01 on July 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

You wouldn’t know an intelligent thought if one ran over you with a SUV.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’m sorry…what?

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Went right over your head as usual.

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

When Rep. Cleaver afterwards said that Mitt should not have criticized the President in front of a black audience was an excessively racist comment on the part of Cleaver.

DAT60A3 on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Not excessively racist, just typically racist. He doesn’t seem to realize what he’s implying wrt blacks inability to appreciate free speech.

Go RBNY on July 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

What would you expect from this racist organization. The NAACP shouldn’t even exist. Romney made a mistake doing this. I’m afraid there are many more to come.

rickv404 on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Romney did not make a mistake doing this. There were probably some folks there that heard his message and agreed with him.

VegasRick on July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Nobody cheers the guy who reminds them that nothing is free.

Jim Treacher on July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Too strong, mighty Jim Treacher. :) Only people acclimatized to free stuff. In other groups, even being reminded would be insulting. Ten paces might be involved.

Axe on July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Kudos to Romney for going and telling it like it is whether they wanted to hear it or not. Facts are facts, no matter who the messenger is. Even tho he was booed, I think many there know the economy is dire. We’ll see how the polls change due to this speech.

I see that Obama will not speak to them and is sending Biden instead.
Maybe the NAACP will get the message that they aren’t worthy of Obama’s presence:-) That would be an insult to me if I were a member of that group.

bluefox on July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Romney is quickly earning respect from various conservatives (including mine).

nobar on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I was lukewarm in the beginning, crossing my fingers, but now I’m starting to really like what I’m hearing from Romney and where he’s saying it. Am I a flip flopper? LOL

NJ Red on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I agree. Very impressive speech.

Amjean on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I think we all have to give Romney a lot of credit for going to this. It really made me think of him differently when he was able to very easily handle being booed on stage like that. For all of his faults, he does have excellent poise.
I’m also very happy to see that he laid out the SAME PLAN in front of a hostile crowd, when honestly I half thought he would get up there and change his plan to take some heat off himself in front of that crowd. Kudos to you for that Mitt.

And I’d also just like to say to the NAACP, that I am extremely proud of the fact that although we all know you want to side with Obozo because of his skin color (which is racism btw – where’s librfreeordie when you need him?) you were gracious and for the most part, respectful of Mitt, and the standing ovation at the end was excellent. It gives me great hope that we can one day get to the point where we can all agree that we have different views politically, but we are all Americans at the end of the day.

KMC1 on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I think it’s like severely conservative.

TxAnn56 on July 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

As in ‘severely in debt’ because of O-tax?

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I so hope that Allen West would speak at the esteemed forum.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Read the text, and it’s a strong speech. Glad he did this, and they can show the boo’s all day long…that’s still a good soundbite for Romney.

stldave on July 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Get a clue. The only difference between this organization and Think Progress is that they don’t even pretend not to use race to bully Republicans, especially black Republicans. Look at their leader – Ben Jealous. The man is an outright bigot.

The Count on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Wait…who doesn’t pretend to use race to bully Republicans…TP or NAACP?
I understand why your name is not ‘The Write’.
Regrdless, those poor bullied Republicans.
I guess Mitt probably left the convention today fully in support of ACA now.
But with all that bullying, did he have a choice?

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

cripe, i just had to go over there…the only thing the lib sites are focusing on is that ONE boo

PUHLEEZE

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

He did CPAC, didn’t he? And we know he’ll be doing a little something at the Republican Convention.

changer1701 on July 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

As for the booing at the mention of Obamacare, I think that as
my grandmother used to say, the blacks have been sold a
“pig in a poke” and have no idea of the tax increases and lack of
care that are coming our way.

As for the headline regarding the booing, how about an UPDATE:
NAACP crowd gives Romney standing ovation”.

Amjean on July 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

If Romney’s getting booed by those chucklehead antedeluvians at the NAACP, he must be doing something right.

Ishmael on July 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I so hope that Allen West would speak at the esteemed forum.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

And Artur Davis.

Buy Danish on July 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Lion’s den.

More like a rat’s nest.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

A rats-nest of racist a-holes.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I so hope that Allen West would speak at the esteemed forum.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

At some point he would get booed as well. Which might bring on an epiphany for some.

VegasRick on July 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

It’s nice they invited the original author of Obamacare to speak.

inthemiddle on July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

…WONDERBREAD…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Just did a Google News search. Predictable.

In a nutshell: “Romney Booed at NAACP convention”

And Hinderaker @ Power Line checks in:

Will Romney’s appeal work? Certainly not with the professional activists at the NAACP convention. And he won’t get any significant number of African-American votes if he doesn’t campaign in ways that most Republicans haven’t seen as cost-effective, e.g., advertising on inner-city radio stations. But it looks as though the Romney campaign will have the resources for that kind of effort. And he doesn’t need to get a lot of black votes; anything more than a handful could very well swing one or more battleground states. So maybe today’s appearance will prove worthwhile; but only if it is followed up with a sustained effort to make his case to African-American voters.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

RT @NathanWurtzel They were saying “Youk” RT @DrewMTips: Romney gets booed at NAACP for saying he’d repeal ObamaCare

Flora Duh on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Went right over your head as usual.

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Demonstrated my point pretty darn well, didn’t he?

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

It’s nice they invited the original author of Obamacare to speak.

inthemiddle on July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney didn’t write the MA health care bill, all he did was sign it. Before doing so, he vetoed 8 separate provisions, but all 8 vetoes were immediately overturned by the Democrats who run the rest of the Commonwealth’s government.

But on to a Simple Question for a Simple Mind (that would be you, of course):

How come O’bama Himself is afraid to speak there this year? He’s sending Uncle Joe Biden instead.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

…WONDERBREAD…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Pumpernickel, you rightwing retard.

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The kind of remark that passes for a thought too often.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

…and so very true!

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Praggy’s still raving like a lunatic I see.

wargamer6 on July 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Eeww…get a room guys.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

So what was the rest of the Context???

It sounded like he was going to answer them that ObamaCare was a job killer. What was the crowds response?

KenInIL on July 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Wait…who doesn’t pretend to use race to bully Republicans…TP or NAACP?
I understand why your name is not ‘The Write’.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Don’t blame The Count’s writing for your lack of reading comprehension. It was obvious in context and via link exactly what he meant. No point in further embarassing yourself.

I’m no Romney fan, but he did well here and if he continues to do well I just might be able to vote for him without having to hold my nose quite so much.

DrAllecon on July 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I wonder what the response would have been had Mitt referred to it as “the ACA” or the “the Affordable Care Act” instead of as Obamacare, which many regard as a slur.

Missed opportunity, perhaps?

DaveyNC on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

It’s OK to Leave the Plantation : The New Underground Railroad

ITguy on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Someone should have bought a case or two of that book and left them at the convention with a “Free – Take One” sign.

Fallon on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Eeww…get a room guys.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re boring, and not terribly bright.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

This group would have boo’ed Lincoln Mother Teresa.

Electrongod on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

PatriotRider on July 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I wonder what the response would have been had Mitt referred to it as “the ACA” or the “the Affordable Care Act” instead of as Obamacare, which many regard as a slur.

Missed opportunity, perhaps?

DaveyNC on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Naw, they still would have booed him.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

ITguy on July 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

ITguy, don’t know if you saw – I answered you last night – I’m not on Twitter/Facebook, nor will I ever be there.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Ok I am giving him an A for the courage to speak and relay his plans. I give the NAACP an A for immaturity in reponse. Your turn Obama.

jake49 on July 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

…WONDERBREAD…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Pumpernickel, you rightwing retard.

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

…Pumpernickel won’t be “Present” this year! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

You’re boring, and not terribly bright.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Gnats rejoiced, in comparison.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

Then I’ll concede some kudos to them. All in all it sounds like he got respectful treatment in the end. A few boos in the middle don’t matter all that much.

jwolf on July 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I was really impressed with that speech, he has a definite gravitas now.

I particularly liked his emphasis on the importance of family, and the fact that he scored some shots mentioning his defense of traditional marriage.

He overall seemed well-received and got a standing ovation at the end.

thurman on July 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It’s nice they invited the original author of Obamacare to speak.

inthemiddle on July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

They invited economist Jonathan Gruber?…the one who now backtracked from his own disaster?

Facts are not for the left…but, eh, they are the ‘erudite’ ones.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Clever political move by Romney…and should pay good dividends from Indies…

Is he expecting to get some or their votes; hell no…He was counting on them to boo…it has the reverse effect with people that are un-decided and has good ad potential later in the campaign…

PatriotRider on July 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Mad props for going and for not pandering.

dczombie on July 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

‘Lion’s den’ my eye. More like the Entitlement Tribe’s stewpot.

rayra on July 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Romney showed strength, bravery and leadership by doing this.

If your position is this ^….then you are really f’d up in the head for Mitt! You should see a shrink. Why?

Because it’s the same arguments lefties make for The One for:

1) Coming out for gay marriage when he knew the Black community was strongly against that (they will vote for him anyway, so that’s leadership?)

2) For making ROmneyCare, RomBOCare given how much capital he spent on that with little reward in the polls

on and on….GIVE ME A F’N BREAK.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

Obiteme will see that as a threat, an insult to his self-presumed magnificence.

If Hillary threw ashtrays at Bill like reports claimed, then I bet Oblowoff is throwing chairs by now. *L*

Comedy gold!

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Romney did not make a mistake doing this. There were probably some folks there that heard his message and agreed with him.

VegasRick on July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I agree…we already have a coward in the White House. We will someone with a set for the next four years.

cajunpatriot on July 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The blacks had free healthcare until that darn republican Abraham Lincoln repealed slavery .

DeweyWins on July 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

But will he actively seek to speak at an ultraconservative venue?

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Didn’t Rush Limbaugh jog off the stage and High Five Mitt on his way up to speak at CPAC?

Swerve22 on July 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Romney did not make a mistake doing this. There were probably some folks there that heard his message and agreed with him.

VegasRick on July 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Exactly – the most effective thing Romney (or any politician for that matter) can do is go direcly to audiences and speak to them. For many, this may b their first chance to hear what a politician actually has to say, as opposed to just the soundbites that the media and other campaigns take out of context for their own purposes.

Somewhere in the audience of NAACP supporters there were people who though “wow, he doesn’t really sound like I’ve heard him made out to be, some of that actually seems to make sense” – and that squared is all it takes.

Swerve22 on July 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You’re boring, and not terribly bright.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Yet I seem to be getting your attention –
which I’d be fine without, as you’re not really saying much or meaningfully challenging anything I say.
You jumped in to share your support for the ‘Everyone is just a Honkey to these people’ line.
And now you wanna be the arbiter of what is/isn’t ‘terribly bright’?
Hmm. Ok.

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Update: Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

Yeah, I would have too just for having the b*lls to show up and deliver an unpopular message.

Their messiah won’t show up, but then why should he? I hope the booing gets shown far and wide to show exactly what the “black community” thinks and also to show the inherent racism in voting for a man (Obama) who does absolutely nothing for their community and yet they will still vote for him solely based on his color.

Good for Romney. Be very interesting to see what he does in late summer/early fall when people start paying attention.

kim roy on July 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Yet I seem to be getting your attention –

verbaluce on July 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

..don’t kid yourself, ace, your pathetic bleatings draw our comments much in the same way that OWS idiot who crapped on the police car did.

The War Planner on July 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

When Rep. Cleaver afterwards said that Mitt should not have criticized the President in front of a black audience was an excessively racist comment on the part of Cleaver. Remember, the NAACP was founded by white people.

DAT60A3 on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What? Black people can’t listen to criticism of a black president? Will their heads explode? What? Why?

Of course no one from the lackey media asked him what would happen or why he shouldn’t.

kim roy on July 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Barack Obama won’t make an appearance this year; he’s sending Joe Biden instead.

he’s black, right?

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Ok, President Obama. Romney went into NAACP lion’s den. When will YOU venture outside your bubble?

they can’t hear you inside their bubble, Michelle…..

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

That speech wasn’t for them, it was for us – and it may just work.

OldEnglish on July 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

THIS…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I believe Romney’s gambit, albeit a little bit like Netanyahu giving a speech in Tehran, was necessary for two reasons. His ploy will win NO black votes. Not a single one. But 1 It defuses some black animosity against Republicans. It this equates to a 1 or 2 % lighter black turnout in November, so much the better. And, 2. UIt helps mollify some “concerned” white swing voters who realize that Obama is a disaster but feel “guilty” about “hurting” a black president-the only one we’ve ever had-the “John Roberts Syndrome”. Again, just a 1 or 2% change in white swing voters could spell the difference in Florida, Ohio, etc.

MaiDee on July 11, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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