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Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney boldly visits the NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 103rd convention in Houston Texas today….to address thousands of men and women who work, organize and lead passionately in the pursuit of civil rights–fighting for social justices for all Americans–all the time.
His political platform has remained somewhat consistent and he continues to make his case so there were no surprises in his speech, which is why I am shocked that he was Booed.
“Booing” someone should be an off the cuff, embarrassing knee jerk reaction. This usually happens if you are suddenly blindsided, shocked and/or betrayed…but even then it’s not acceptable–we knew what he was going to say!!
There is so much that can be debated about this issue… actually too many layers to peel back in one blog posting, but here’s my take…
Mitt Romney didn’t come to the NAACP expecting a standing ovation and he knew his message was not going to be well received. He failed to use this opportunity to “really speak” to the African-American community. He could have delivered a powerful message and widened his appeal on “the issues”…the economy, health care, unemployment, the war..whatever without “bashing” President Obama and a plan that would offer 7 million African-Americans access to health care, really?
Up to this point, we don’t see the Romney campaign demonstrating a “real” interest in the African-American or Latino base, so the way I see it Mitt Romney used this opportunity to grand stand, and his message today was intended to further widen his base and assure his “conservative” constituents that he doesn’t lean left under any circumstances.
If we were going to boo it should have been at his offer to speak at the convention. In my opinion, to invite a guest to speak, publicly ridicule him and then defend it is wrong! The issue now becomes your actions rather than his words.
Do you believe the members of the convention were right in booing Romney?
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I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the Republican “dog and pony “show to be over…. I am sorry, but I am simply not impressed! You have one super righty (Santorum), one border line righty (Romney) and one angry righty (Gingrich) playing dirty in the sandbox. Every once in a while one of them will say something half way decent, but before you know it… some half cocked remark forces you to pause…..
All of the Republican candidates rolled into one are still not as a formidable candidate as John McCain was in 2008 …and he was just decent, so put us out of our misery…stop making a mockery of our political process, either the Republicans need to find another candidate or stop the petty behavior so the “real slim shady” can stand up and everyone can rally behind.
Aren’t you tired of hearing the ridiculous decisive campaign rhetoric? My ears are burning already! I personally don’t care what each of them think of each another and quite frankly I am sick of the finger-pointing at the President.
Start addressing what’s most important…. Hey Republicans….what’s your plan? do you have one past blaming Obama for what you claim are “failed policies”…. You guys are like benchwarmers standing on the sidelines complaining about the game you are not in…..I haven’t heard a unique, innovative, ” free capital market-ish” option from you for solving any of our crisis’ yet.
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