I’ll give Mitt Romney a golf clap for going to speak to the NAACP convention in Houston. He probably knew he wasn’t going to be greeted with candy and flowers, and he wasn’t, when he ticked off the things he was running against, including marriage equality — the NAACP voted in May to support it — and trashed public schools — which employ a large number of African-Americans — by blaming their woes on the unions. But it got especially chilly when he told the audience:
I will eliminate all the expensive non-essential programs I can find, that includes Obamacare.
Not surprisingly, that brought a chorus of boos. In the first place, a lot of people don’t consider affordable healthcare to be “non-essential,” and using the word “Obamacare” is gauche. It’s the Affordable Care Act, and calling it by a degrading name coined by the right-wingers to this audience is insulting. And he had to know that.
But he flashed his automatonic smile and soldiered on, telling them that if they really wanted a president in their corner, they should vote for him:
I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president.
Well, I’ll say this much for him: he didn’t say “you people.”
The Orcosphere will get all over the audience for their “disrespectful” reception — how soon before someone calls them out for being uppity to their betters? — and heap praise on brave Mr. Romney for daring to go before such a hostile and dangerous bunch of radicals. As far as I can see, that’s the only reason he went.