Which brings us to Mitt Romney and his speech at the NAACP convention.
There's no doubt Mitt was venturing into unfriendly territory, confronting a danger to his election chances, and taking a risk in speaking to a group that is in obama's hip pocket. His reception was what you might expect.
Mitt Romney ... drew boos at times during a speech to the nation’s oldest civil-rights group as he said his policies would help the economic interests of blacks more than those of the Obama administration.Thought exercise I: replace "Romney" with "Obama" and "NAACP" with "NRA." What would the media reaction then be?
He is unlikely to capture the votes of many members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People over Obama, who won 95 percent of the black vote four years ago... Obama has overwhelming support from black voters over Romney, 92 percent to 2 percent, according to a July 1-8 survey by the Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
I think we all know the answer to that.
Thought exercise II: suppose 95% of the white voters supported Romney over obama. How many articles would we see calling that racist?
Again, I think we all know the answer to that.
Meanwhile, obama couldn't even be troubled to show up at the NAACP convention. Instead, he sent
Here is something I’d like to say to President Obama: You should have attended the NAACP convention in Houston today. Mitt Romney did. It was the right thing to do. The Republican knows the nation’s oldest civil-rights group isn’t exactly friendly turf but went anyway.Talk about a slap in the face to a constituency he's obviously taking for granted.
The president should not take the African-American vote for granted. Let’s not be under any illusions. He received 95% of the black vote four years ago. He’ll do almost as well this time around for sure.
My bottom line is this: Romney did the right thing on this day, the president did not.
BTW, answering the question asked in the above picture: "How has that (obama/dems) worked out for the black community?"
As the overall U.S. unemployment rate stayed at 8.2% in June, the rate among black Americans rose nearly a full percentage point.Just think how bad things would be for the black community if there wasn't a black person in the White House helping them out...
The unemployment rate for blacks rose to 14.4% from 13.6% in May, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's a sharp contrast to the white unemployment rate, which stayed put at 7.4%, and the Hispanic rate, which held at 11%.