Romney Attempts to Woo NAACP

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP's annual meeting on July 11, 2012. (Getty)

Yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP at their national meeting in Houston, Texas. And from the first few words, it seemed the audience was receptive to him. But about halfway through the speech, things took a turn. For 15 seconds, the crowd booed. Romney, for his part, maintained his composure, smiling, until the booing died down.

Could this be one of the worst moments on the Romney campaign trail? Or, alternatively, one of the best? Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist Ron Christie shares his thoughts.

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Comments [7]

listener

"Booing would be a natural response" "It would be an honest response"

The mendacious "civility" ruse cynically promoted by the Democrats from last year must be one the most shamelessly hypocritical political gimmicks in modern times.

"Its not just a matter of doing a one-off"...."exactly"
Obama is skipping an appearance before the NAACP and sending Joe Biden. Is the campaign confident that all the potentially embarrassing gaffes will have no negative impact on a vote that seems to be taken for granted?

Exactly?

Jul. 12 2012 11:29 AM
Charles

"The calculation" on the part of the Romney campaign in speaking to the NAACP was that Governor Romney was INVITED.

If the NAACP wished to bring Romney in front of the crowd just to boo him, then shame on them.

What I don't get is the sophisticated analysis from Celeste Headlee about whether Romney was really hoping to speak to a different audience altogether, and about which policy initiatives might appeal to -- or alternatively, offend -- the African-American elites at the NAACP meeting. Because if we reversed the scenaria, and if, say, President Obama was given equivalent treatment at something like a National Rifle Association convention, I don't think we'd be hearing any sophisticated analyses about Obama's dubious record on Second Amendment rights. Rather, we'd be getting a stinging and one-dimensional public radio lecture on "racism."

Jul. 12 2012 10:26 AM
fuva from harlemworld

So, alleged bias against Republicans is racist? Yet more evidence that we don't know what that word means.

Jul. 12 2012 09:28 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One scourge of the African-American community is abortion: 30% or so of children in that community are killed. President Obama is pro-abortion all the way, so he is no friend of the African-American community.

Jul. 12 2012 08:17 AM
listener

Apparently "civility" is a political one way street and giving an "honest response" is another political one way street for the media.

Political epiphanies are born out of events like this and some will quietly reject the patronizing performing Democrats engage in and see Romney as a serious and straight forward alternative to people who trusted Obama and feel betrayed and are hurting now because of his incompetence.

Romney was being his gentlemanly self and his record speaks for itself. So does Obama's record and the arrogant bravado of the media confident that they have ethnic groups pegged may cause some to challenge that smug prejudice at the polling booth.

Jul. 12 2012 08:10 AM
lesterine from manhattan

mittens is a disingenuous boob who deserves to be booed.
any discriminating adult can determine that after 5 minutes of listening to the whispery, privileged language he uses to express himself.

Jul. 12 2012 07:37 AM
Ed from Larchmont

At least he addressed them.

Jul. 12 2012 06:04 AM

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