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Mitt Romney vs. Most Black People

Not valid as legal tender for free stuff.BIG NEWS ALERT FROM JOURNALISM, GUYS! Reports are coming in Fast and Furious that Mitt Romney, over the course of a mere 24 hours, kind of just single-handedly torched to cinders any and all of the minor gains Republicans might have recently made among non-”Heartland” Americans. (Single-handedly torching things to cinders is the Bain way, after all!) The Romney campaign, fresh off a, well, received speech to the annual NAACP convention, is now being accused of sneaking outside blacks in to the event (like you do with Reese’s Pieces and bottom-shelf hooch), in order to fake some kind of groundswell of African-American support. Oh, and then, in one of those quiet rooms he’s so fond of, the candidate himself went shooting off to donors about the impudent and boisterous non-Mitt Romney-approved blacks at the NAACP, who “should vote for the other guy” if they just want free government goodies/health insurance. All the juicy, sexy, newsy details after the jump!

Boy, do we have a lot of ground to cover, friends. Let’s start with the Boo-ening, which of course the Romney campaign was in no way desperately praying would happen, allowing them to scrape up a few more oozy votes from the primordial base. Speaking to flaccid newstoad Neil Cavuto, Romney conjured up a countercurrent of brave but Silent Minorities:

I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know a lot of folks don’t want to say they’re not going to be voting for Barack Obama, but they’re disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools. Disappointed in urban policies, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get the economy going, so I expect to get African-American votes.

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Good job, good effort! Seriously, why won’t the media ever report on the good news coming out of Iraq Romney’s speeches?

Indeed, despite the boos, cheering can be heard at various points during the speech, including when Romney criticized President Obama over the economy and education.

[Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP Hilary] Shelton said that none of the people Romney met with were active NAACP leaders, and that Romney’s referring to African-American conservative politicians like Niger Innis who “was brought in from New York.”

Pressed by Ed Schultz about whether Innis and the others were actually members of the NAACP, Shelton said: “They’re bringing people in that they know will support his agenda from other places, that aren’t active with the NAACP. These are people who are brought in to actually provide the cheering for him, so there will be some support along those lines.”

Okay, but that’s just, like, one dude’s opinion, right? Surely someone else would have noticed such a palpably stupid campaign move!

Mark Thompson, a radio host who attended Romney’s speech, is backing Shelton’s claim.

Thompson told Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Last Word, that Romney “brought about 20 black Republicans with him,” who served as “applauders for his applause lines.” Thompson called the move “bizarre,” and added, again echoing Shelton, that these were the black leaders Romney was referring to in his comments on Fox.

And now, just a sprinkling of easy to misconstrue comments linking NAACP members and a desire for more “free stuff”:

By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.

And this guy is an alleged businessman so he should know! You think Mitt got rich giving away “free stuff” to ladies who sex and sick blahs? Um, LOOK UP CAPITALISM, DUMMY. (Subtitle shamelessly lifted from Balloon Juice) [PoliticusUSA; Maddow; Ed Show]

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191 comments

    1. Preacher_Griz

      CEO GOV Mitt Romney loves the negro so much that he will once and for all teach the negro how not to be a freeloader.

      That is the single most important message of his address to the NCAAP

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Hasn't every Republican victory hinged on "those people" for the past 50 years or so?

      1. DrunkIrishman

        To be fair, Bush relied on the Cubans and some border Mexicans to help his campaign out.

  1. Crank_Tango

    We got the sketch, now where's the etch?

    Shit must be bad when you can't even count on your asshole racist base…

    1. Callyson

      When I get that etch, I use the cream I keep in the bathroom cabinet. Soothes things immediately, unlike Mittens…

      1. MittBorg

        I'm gonna go ahead and say something totally cray-cray to you, Callyson, because YOU won't point and laugh.

        I think Barack Obama is gonna win it by a landslide when the first debate happens. Because there is a grating quality to Mitt's voice that makes a body uncomfortable. And Mister Obama, he has him some gentle, mellow tones like an oboe. I *like* to listen to the guy, even when I don't agree with what he says.

        And that is gonna doom the Mittens (like he's not doomed already).

          1. MittBorg

            He comes on the tube at the office, where not everybody is a huge O-fan, and even the people who don't like the guy visibly relax just listening to those soothing tones. Maybe that's what he's using on those cranky babies. He's always totally charming people's babies.

        1. va_real

          I agree that the debates will be a great way for voters to see the difference between someone who is genuinely cool (Obama) & genuinely cold (Romney).

          That will be great for those voters who are still undecided come October.

          1. MittBorg

            I think once school starts and the election's a month away, the dumbfucks who constitute a full 30% of this nation's voting-age population realize that they need to pay attention to the election, and then end up voting for whoever makes them *feel* better depending on what they're up to at the time.

            Honestly, I despair.

    2. NYNYNYjr

      I just thought of Mitt in a movie holding up his fists and saying "Meet my friends: Etch…and a- Sketch."

  2. Tundra Grifter

    Next thing ya know, they'll be telling us Jeff Gannon wasn't a real reporter, and all those questions he asked at White House Press Conferences were planted.

    Actually, this piece reminds me of when Mr. Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois. The Republican candidate had to drop out after news leaked that he'd dragged his wife to a club for public sex, so the GNoP brought in Alan Keyes to run.

  3. CapnRadio

    Romney got twenty black Republicans together in the same room. Isn't that the final item in the World's Most Challenging Scavenger Hunt?

  4. anniegetyerfun

    I'm sure Romney's people were disappointed to learn that it was pronounced "Ni-JER".

  5. FlownOver

    Neil Cavuto makes all things unfappable.

    And you were doing so well today with the Florida scissors lady and the Houston retro grifter!

    Oh, and back on topic: Romney has a blaque claque?

    1. SorosBot

      Rom was such a sell-out, after being corrupted by the Federation and Bajoran ways he put his friends and family above profit, he was so bad his son Nog even betrayed his heritage and joined Starfleet.

  6. Jus_Wonderin

    Okay, maybe it is just me, but "free stuff" just doesn't qualify as dog whistle. Seems like a flat out scream of any degrading word that can be shouted at or about browns.

  7. Shypixel

    I live 45 minutes from Hamilton, where he gave the speech quoted at the end… Had no idea he was here at all….

    Such a groundswell of support…

    1. MittBorg

      On the *plus* side, this means that no crowds of screaming people showed up to boo him and tell him to get the hell out, like in Ohio.

  8. freakishlywrong

    After watching the fucking hate-sneer after being booed, I came away fully convinced Mbot, (he's so…awkward!) used the nice NAACP blahs as a way of telling the teatards; "See, I'm a right wing bastard no matter the venue, hahahaha".

  9. widestanceromance

    Of course, he brought his own blahs, because his blahs are better than their blahs.

  10. Hammiepants

    Hahaha, he's going to get "some African-American votes"? Let's see, NeinNeinNein, Michael (Man of Not) Steele, Alan (Dr. Nightmare) Keyes – that's three, right? Right?

          1. Extemporanus

            "Yo dawg, we heard ya like busing dogs so we bought out a bus company named after a dog so you can bus dogs on top of your dog bus!"

          1. RadioSlut

            Yeah, enjoying sobriety. "It's a journey not a destination." AA is cliché city — not a problem. But I am in a way better place than a few months ago. Glad to be back. From the frying pan into the fire. Thanks for your support. I got your intensedebate feedback like a month ago. Internet access was scant, but I certainly appreciated your kind words.
            I couldn't read much there as the days were quite full, but back to the reading list. And laughing heartily again in wonkettville.
            I hugged like a thousand people in the last few days; I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. But make no mistake, I appreciate your's foremost.
            Enough with the feelings already…let's snark!

  11. Estproph

    "I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event…"

    Zero IS a number, you know.

  12. Callyson

    I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech.

    Flip flops for everyone!

  13. Oblios_Cap

    Thompson told Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Last Word, that Romney “brought about 20 black Republicans with him,” who served as “applauders for his applause lines.” Thompson called the move “bizarre,”

    How utterly Mormom!

  14. UnholyMoses

    And all this time I thought people paid taxes for government stuff, and that the ACA still required people to pay insurance premiums–there's just a limit on the %of income you have to pay.

    So, yeah.: IT'S NOT FREE, YOU STUPID FUCK!!!

    The only thing that's "free" is Mitt's income — from taxes.

  15. BarackMyWorld

    Congrats to MSNBC for pulling a Fox News and turning:

    "But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff."

    into

    "Romney: NAACP members want 'free stuff'"

    I don't like it when Fox News does it, but I also don't like it when MSNBC or anyone else does it.

    1. actor212

      I'm not sure that's inaccurate. It's pretty clear he meant to say "If they want more free stuff from government…" and the audience did boo his reference to rolling back Obamacare. I think that's a logical conclusion to make even if he wasn't dense enough to actually come out and say the words.

      1. BarackMyWorld

        "When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free."

        The difference between the actual quote and the headline is that MSNBC is saying Romney singled out the NAACP for wanting "free stuff," but in the actual quote, he did not do this. In the offending part of the quote, he seems to be adding a third group of people to the situation who don't like Obamacare, but have friends that do. By doing this, he is generalizing the observation, not making it about the NAACP specifically. It'd be like if Obama said "people can be dumb sometimes" and Fox News reported "Obama calls Americans 'dumb sometimes'" based on the logic that Americans are people.

          1. BarackMyWorld

            Ad hominems aside….MSNBC should have said "Romney: Obamacare supporters want free stuff," which is more accurate than claiming Mitt said something racist he didn't actually say.

  16. Ducksworthy

    "Boy, do we have a lot of ground to cover," I'd appreciate it if you would refrain from addressing me as boy.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I do hope he hired them as Contractors. That way he didn't have to pay their healthcare.

  17. SorosBot

    “[Romney] brought about 20 black Republicans with him,”

    Well that is impressive, Romney managed to get every single black Republican in the country to his speech.

  18. horselover_fat

    well, mitt made the required overtures. break out the voter suppression tactics, boys! can't have them off-color types bustin' up the white way of things with this democracy garbage!

  19. Preacher_Griz

    Conservative Christian Party leaders like myself APPLAUD CEO GOV Mitt (Moses) Romney's bravery in going before a crowd of HOSTILE negroes to tell them what they DID NOT want to hear!!!

    We will free the American Negro from the shackles of govt dependency whether they like it or not!

    1. kittensdontlie

      Amen brother! Who needs noBamacare. Poultices, salves, incantations and freelance amputations has always worked better than any of this fancy modern medicine.

  20. fartknocker

    Sounds like Mittens will soon be giving out $25.00 Walmart gift cards at polling places that will only work on election day. That strategy worked well for Enrique Neto in Mexico.

  21. MissTaken

    It was nice of The Donald to loan out his black friends for Mittens use that afternoon.

  22. Baconzgood

    Unrelated to this post.

    I hate getting ready for vacation at work. You're so busy the last day you're at work. This shit is seriously cutting in my socal snark time.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      Do what I do. Go into your comment history and just post random stuff. Oh, wait, that only works for me because I don't comment gud.

      1. Baconzgood

        Yeah. You get to play catch up. This is why I haven't taken a week vacation since I was 15.

    2. MittBorg

      Aw, is our little Baconz leaving us?

      Have a wonderful vacation, B! Hope you're traveling with your sweetie and getting the needed R&R (Resistance & Revolution, what the fuck did you think I meant?). (Hugs the Baconz)

  23. Preacher_Griz

    CEO GOV Mitt (Moses) Romney is our Last Best Hope to unshackle us from the Culture of Freeloading Govt Dependency and lead us back to the Promised Land!!!

  24. 12X34X

    This self-absorbed asshat can't understand why Americans, who pay around 47% in taxes overall might not be willing to settle for less jobs and less services. It's so astoundingly stupid.

  25. ChrisM2011

    Hey now! Mitt is merely supporting a tradition of rich white guys shipping in minorities to do work for them.

  26. Tundra Grifter

    I think it's pretty clear this is going to be a very close election – at least in the popular vote (the Electoral College votes may not be so close).

    Very often a close election isn't ultimately decided by which candidate does everything right – the balance is tipped by one candidate doing something very wrong.

    I know it's just mid-July, but I just can't shake the feeling that around Labor Day, when those on the sidelines are starting to pay serious attention to the campaign, (r)Money is really going to put his foot into it.

    1. MittBorg

      From your lips to the ears of any intelligence sufficiently powerful to MAKE IT SO!

      TPM's showing Obama with 281 electoral votes vs. Rmoney with 216. If that is accurate, then the popular vote really doesn't matter in the least. Obama only needs 278 electoral votes to win. That gap appears to be insuperable. Do you think Romney can possibly close it?

      1. Tundra Grifter

        I believe the magic number is 270.

        I like the Real Clear Politics map and poll information. At this point Mr. Obama needs the solid states, the trending states, the leaning states (total 221) plus New Hampshire (4), Nevada (6), Wisconson (10), Colorado (9) for a total of 29 more (250 total) and then a combination of Ohio (18), Iowa (6) and Virginia (13) that will net another 20.

        Funny how no matter what it always seems to come down to Ohio.

        Although Michigan (16) is certainly in play.

        1. ASHLEIGH_Joe

          How exactly does this reckoning count Penns-"disenfranchise a tenth of the population"-syvania? It's normally fool's gold for Republicans, but.

          1. Tundra Grifter

            RCP has Pennyslvania leaning towards Mr. Obama with the polls at 7.8%.

            They have identified 11 swing states and Mr. Obama is leading in 9 – at least 5 of which are less than the margin of error.

            It's early days yet, but it's never too early to start winning ("Goldfinger").

        2. MittBorg

          Thanks for calling me on that. I went back to look and realized I'd hit the vape a smidge too hard! TPM is now showing Obama at 281 and Rmoney at 206, and the winning number is indeed 270. So you think Rmoney stands a chance of winning, then.

          1. Tundra Grifter

            Didn't mean to call you on it – I'm not correct often enough to pass up a chance like that.

            Sure (r)Money has a good opportunity to win. But most of his support is anti-Obama, not pro-(r)Money. To me that's not a solid base.

            And I think (r)Money will really take a serious tumble somewhere along the way.

            The easiest way to lose is to either beat yourself or be overconfident. I don't think anyone in Mr. Obama's camp is overconfident here in mid-July.

            Gas prices are going down, home prices are going up, employment is creeping up. I would sum it up as "So far, so good."

          2. MittBorg

            Dude, you totally sell yourself short, being the modest, humble kinda dude you are. Your political analyses seem solid. I like this one. You're correct on every single issue. So far, the overarching complaint from Republicans as well as voters in general is that Mitt is criticizing Obama for doing whatever he did, but not saying what he himself would do. And Mitt's clodfootedness is legendary. The guy is just too much of a bot to click with humans. Also, too, economic indicators. Home prices are almost back to the pre-collapse level in my neighbourhood, and houses are selling. So, yeah. Sounds good.

          3. Tundra Grifter

            MB:

            Thank you for your kind words. There is no doubt things are getting better. About a week ago, Fred and Jeri Thompson were hosting Sheer InSannity's radio show, and for an hour or more he talked about the lack of confidence.

            No shit. For almost four years the right wing nutz have been peeing in the soup and complaining about the taste. Of course there's a lack of confidence – and a serious lack of understanding that things really are getting better. No fast enough and not for enough of us – but that's not enough to let the Republicans try again.

            Even the WSJ is saying housing prices have rebounded.

            And this Condi Rice lead balloon is as clear a sign of desperation as we've seen since Walnuts picked Duh Gov' to run with him. Well, stroll…

          4. MittBorg

            Oh, man, can I steal "peeing in the soup and complaining about the taste"?

            Yeah, I think Condi has already said she's not interested. This is the second person Mitt has kinda talked about who's basically said "Thanks, but no thanks." The first was Tim Pawlenty.

            How hopeless is your candidacy when Tim "LackCharm" Pawlenty won't consider being your Veep?

    1. MittBorg

      Their racism and hatred oozes out of every word. Black people are motivated only by the thought of unearned gains, of course, while white people are hard-working individuals upon whom the other humans (some 6 billion or so) freeload.

      The worst thing is, they haven't the guts to say flat-out what they're thinking. And they really think all people of colour are so stupid that none of us will understand exactly what they mean by what they say.

  27. sbj1964

    Ask Mitt what his Mormon church teaches about black people being from the evil spirits of the Mormon home planet.

    1. mormos

      no, no, black people are black because they bear the mark of Cain; geez get it straight.

  28. NYNYNYjr

    The Bain story is hottening up today. Was he president, CEO and sole owner of Bain (pretty bad name for a company(?)) when it was doing it's bad stuff for three years? No one remembers seeing him from 1999-2002. Anne Romney says "He just stepped out for a pack of Mormon cigarettes, and never came back. Three years later I got an invitation to the Olympics, I showed up for the horse-dancing, and there he was."

    1. kittensdontlie

      Hilarious. 'Pack of Mormon cigarettes' I suppose are naurally tobaccoless hundred dollar bills rolled up that he lights and smokes.

    1. kittensdontlie

      He would start crying even before the punch had landed. What a pussyface, which is similar to the softness of the pussy willow.

  29. swordfis

    I'm shocked that His Highness even stooped to conversing with hoi polloi and sullying his hands with petty politicking. Death by dressage!

  30. owhatever

    At least he left the safari jacket and pith helmet at home for the NAACP speech. Hooray for Captain Romney, the African explorer!

  31. Come here a minute

    Certainly anybody who booed must be receiving welfare cadillacs all the time.

  32. mormos

    God I want that Romney dollar as a bumper sticker. Hey wonkette, take my money.

    maybe instead of E. Pluribus Unum, it can say "corporations are people" in Latin.
    or "In R-Money we trust."

  33. MittBorg

    Why? I gotta ask, why? Why would someone name their kid NIGER, if they're planning to live in THIS country, knowing what they know about racism and stupidity? Just, fucking WHY.

      1. MittBorg

        And he has to be a RWNJ conservative clown. That's just great. Hang out with exactly the people who will think your stupid parents named you the n* word, and will make fun of it.

  34. An_Outhouse

    "I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright.
    Giving a shit about who I'm speaking to is hard, man, I just phone it in. Besides, those people don't like me anyway. Who let the dogs out? I had my boy do it – ha, heh, heh, ha"

  35. Antispandex

    Well, bringing your own fans along isn't really anything new, and besides, maybe they just can't help but follow the Mittster. Kind of like Dead Heads? No? Ok, Dead Heads without the weed and cool 60's gear.

  36. SolitaireRose

    He should have just sang "Who let the dogs out" in the same glorious way he sings "America The Beautiful."

  37. imissopus

    I've been trying to think of one positive thing to say about Romney's speech and I think I've got it: at least he didn't go full-on Michael Richards at the audience. His campaign has my permission to use that in an ad.

    1. johnnymeatworth

      So instead he'll go full-on Daniel Tosh when he speaks to the League of Women Voters?

  38. randcoolcatdaddy

    "Thompson told Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Last Word, that Romney “brought about 20 black Republicans with him,” who served as “applauders for his applause lines.”"

    Mitt Romney … creating jobs for the Blahs…..

  39. johnnymeatworth

    So he gave the same speech he always does? Which means that the same speech he always gives talks about how he spoke "today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you?" Even when he spoke at the NAACP convention in Houston he told them he'd spoken to the NAACP convention in Houston earlier that day????

    Mittens, can I buy some pot from you?

  40. Negropolis

    I am now seriously considering changing my name to "Outside Blacks".

    BTW, Romney needs to explain to me how a government-mandated buy for personal health insurance is "free stuff." Go fuck yourself, Mitt.

  41. Negropolis

    I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know a lot of folks don’t want to say they’re not going to be voting for Barack Obama, but they’re disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools. Disappointed in urban policies, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today.

    Newsflash to the Republican Party, most of us are dissapointed because he isn't the socialist you told everyone he was, not because he's not fiscally conservative enough.

  42. Negropolis

    BTW, the only black people that should be Republicans are those that remember being personally freed by the Civil War-era United States government.

  43. Dr. Nick Riviera

    I'm sure he quotes Frederick Douglass and MLK just as often in his speeches to the NRA

  44. Nowisallthereis

    they’re disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools….

    WTF good does it do to put forth policies to improve our schools when the RepTeaPunks have fired all the teachers? Kind of like building a new barn when all of the horses are in Home Depot in the adhesives section.

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