Romney and the ritual Republican candidate’s speech to the NAACP
Karl D. writes:
According to this story from the Daily Mail, MSNBC talking heads as well as the Democratic party think that Romney deliberately sought to be booed by the NAACP to earn points with racist whites and racist white districts.LA replies:
Of course you know. The function of Republicans in the universe is to be called racist, a function they serve gladly and devotedly, and with all the self-awareness of a drugged bull being led to slaughter.
Though I agree that Republicans often are too passive on racial issues, political candidates rarely have the luxury of turning down invitations to speak before significant organizations such as the NAACP or the NRA. It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. I believe it’s better to speak honestly about one’s views and one’s program to a potentially hostile crowd (as Romney apparently did) than to refuse the invitation and be accused of cowardice.LA replies:
You’re making a reasonable point. But if I were a Republican candidate, I would take a completely different tack. I would say that the NAACP is an organization that stands for all kinds of bad things (which I would catalogue), that it deserves no moral legitimacy, and that there was no point in my appearing before an organization that regards me (and all conservatives) as a racist.July 13
Paul K. writes:
I agree with Dale F.—I think Romney did himself good by attending the NAACP meeting and declining to pander. He won’t shake Obama’s support among blacks, but he may have solidified his support among conservatives and won over some of those mush-brained independents who decide elections.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 12, 2012 05:16 PM | Send