On Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney thought it’d be a good idea to tell the NAACP he intends to kill a health care reform law that brings coverage to 7 million uninsured African Americans. On Wednesday night, Romney attended a fundraiser in Montana, and reflected on the audience that booed him.
For those who missed Rachel’s reporting last night, Romney told his donors of the NAACP convention attendees,
“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.”
Hmm. So, the far-right presidential candidate deliberately antagonized the nation’s most celebrated civil rights organization in the morning, then complained to his donors in Montana about the black voters who want “more free stuff” from the government in the evening.
I speculated yesterday that Romney may have provoked the booing on purpose. Soon after, he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto he “expected” the negative reaction, and soon after that, Romney was using the incident to deliver a cheap line at an exclusive fundraiser.
Remember, for nearly a year, one of Romney’s standard lines has been that President Obama is trying to divide Americans, pitting people against one another. Yeah, tell us another one, Mitt.
One of the standard lines I heard after Romney’s NAACP appearance is that he showed “courage” by going to the conference and presenting his vision. But there was nothing courageous about the candidate’s remarks at the fundraiser. As Adam Serwer noted, “[I]f you’re going to accuse people of wanting ‘free stuff’ from the government, you might want to do it to their faces.”
READ MORE VIA: Romney: NAACP members want ‘free stuff’ – The Maddow Blog.
Well, no wonder he had that smirk on his face as he delivered that line during his speech to the NAACP convention. He was fully expecting the negative response so he could use it for his fundraising. “They” are wanting “free stuff,” a.k.a. affordable healthcare modeled after his successful program in Massachusetts. This guy is shameless.
Pandering to the far-right fringes must take a devastating toll on a man who seemed to be a moderate until he ran for president. We saw this occur during the McCain bid for office. I am an independent voter who has in the past voted for Republicans, though so far none for president (I had no viable choices). But I had an open mind about Romney because of his healthcare reform. This just goes to show that he is simply a political chameleon encased in a well-groomed shell of a human being. Sure, he is probably a “good guy” in the sense of loving his family and not being an axe-murderer, but to completely disavow his previous good work and to use race in such a coded manner for political gain is indicative of his character. Such a man I would not trust to lead this country.
***Edited to add: I had an open mind about his being a decent presidential candidate, but there was no chance I would vote for him over Obama!