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Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney the Race Baiter at the NAACP

Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn’t the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.

Let’s bat the easy charges out of the way first. Spineless? Please. He’s taken every position the Tea Party base has asked and a few they didn’t. Disingenuous? Easy. Either he’s lying now about health care, abortion rights, his support for Ronald Reagan, and his posture toward Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, or he was lying then. Supercilious? Seems appropriate and perhaps even a bit mild for a man who made fun of NASCAR fans’ rain ponchos and a working-class family’s cookie service.

But he wasn’t a race-baiter until yesterday. That speech wasn’t to the NAACP. It was to Rush Limbaugh. It was to Tea Party Nation. It was to Fox News. Oh, he said some nice things. And sure, let’s give him one point for going there at all. But listen: You don’t go into the NAACP and use the word “Obamacare” and think that you’re not going to hear some boos. It’s a heavily loaded word, and Romney and his people know very well that liberals and the president’s supporters consider it an insult. He and his team had to know those boos were coming, and Romney acknowledged as much a few hours later in an interview with . . . guess which channel (hint: it’s the one whose web site often has to close articles about race to commenters because of the blatant racism). Romney and team obviously concluded that a little shower of boos was perfectly fine because the story “Romney Booed at NAACP” would jazz up their (very white) base.

When this campaign is over somebody should give out awards for the most over-the-top-while-on-their-knees performances by the media.

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62 Responses to RAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!!!11!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Just when you think they can’t get any sillier . . .

    Seriously, if I was Tomasky I would quit my job out of embarrassment.

    If I was Tomasky’s boss I would save him the trouble of resigning.

  2. Well, it is Michael Tomasky, who has spent the last four years on his West Virginia born & bred knees with Obama’s d*ck in his mouth.

    Harsh? Maybe. True? Very.

  3. yttik says:

    I suspect Romney’s speech to the NAACP went over pretty well…which is evidenced by the complete hysteria coming from the media/progressives over it. Pelosi, Jackson, both said it was a secret diabolical (and racist) conspiracy on Romney’s part.

    What few people are talking about is the standing ovations he received, the applause, the organ music. I doubt very many members of the NAACP are big Romney supporters, but they aren’t all haters. He must have made some inroads with his speech or else there wouldn’t be such panic and hysteria coming from the other side.

    • elliesmom says:

      I suspect that you’re right on the money.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Every year CBN (Pat Robertson’s cave) hosts Clash of the Titans. 2 from the left and 2 from the right debate the current issues. It’s mostly a solid white, evangelical crowd and have always been a polite and courteous audience towards the left’s debaters (and I mean LEFT, like James Carville, Howard Dean, Arianna Huffington). I think that d**khead Alan Colmes got a boo for a personal attack, but that’s the only one I can think of.

      I do remember at one event, Geraldine Ferarro got a standing ovation, because both sides loved her and she stuck her neck out for Hillary and Sarah.

      Booing an invited guest to an event is just plain rude, I don’t like heckling either.

    • votermom says:

      I suspect Romney’s speech to the NAACP went over pretty well…which is evidenced by the complete hysteria coming from the media/progressives over it.

      Yup. That’s my impression too.

    • totally agree. Also not surprising that RACIST is obama camp’s response. That’s what they ALWAYS say when something their opponent does/says is effective at undermining obama — that’s how “fairy tale” and 3am phone call, and LBJ getting credit for civil rights act (duh!) became raaaacist. For lords sake just the act of not voting for the guy and supporting Hillary instead was prima facie evidence of racism. It’s all gonna backfire on them in November.

  4. I never read Tomasky—–he’s the court jester….

  5. carol haka says:

    Did little Mikki just racially profile Romney’s base? Surely not in the middle of an audience of NAACP members!

    I thought racially profiling was a hate crime?

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Calling Obama a liar is RAAAAAAAAACIST:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I like the sticking up for Hillary too. Her own party wouldn’t even call Obama a liar for the crap he handed her.

      Joe Wilson was right ! 😀

  7. yttik says:

    “Romney and team obviously concluded that a little shower of boos was perfectly fine because the story “Romney Booed at NAACP” would jazz up their (very white) base.”

    Well then dumazzes, maybe you shouldn’t have pushed the “Romney Booed at NAACP” meme so hard, huh? Romney didn’t jazz up the so called “white base,” you morons did. You portrayed the NAACP in a negative light, not the Romney campaign.

    If we had a real media, they would have also reported the handshakes Romney got, the applause, the standing ovations. At worst, the response to Romney was mixed, not all negative.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Fox was showing parts of the speech that were well received by the audience. They even said, you won’t see these clips on the other channels 😀

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Here is another mouth-full performance:

    Mitt Romney NAACP Speech Shows He Failed To Learn Father’s Civil Rights Lessons, Black Caucus Says

    Prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus gave Mitt Romney points for speaking to the NAACP Wednesday — but said he clearly didn’t learn whatever lessons his father taught him about civil rights and the right to vote.

    Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, addressed the venerable civil rights organization in Houston at its annual convention, the day after Attorney General Eric Holder spoke there and slammed the state of Texas for trying to enforce a voter identification law that has been blocked by the Justice Department on grounds that it would deny deserving people the right to vote. The case is being litigated this week in federal court.

    Holder said the ID law amounted to a poll tax because it would be too costly for many poorer voters — including African Americans and Latinos — to obtain the documents the law requires. Holder said about 25 percent of black people do not posses the required ID, and his office would not let such laws roll back voting rights that have only expanded in America’s history.

    “We will simply not allow this era to be the beginning of the reversal of that historic progress,” Holder said.

    But Romney backs laws like the one in Texas, and made no comments about it, even as he invoked his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, as a model Romney looks to because of his support for civil rights in the ’60s and ’70s.

    “Always in both parties there have been men and women of integrity, decency and humility who have called injustice by its name,” Romney said. “For every one of us, a particular person comes to mind. Someone who set a standard of conduct and made us better by their example. For me that man is my father,” citing the elder Romney’s faith in God, his role writing civil rights legislation in Michigan, and his participation in rights marches in Detroit.


    “He didn’t kiss our asses! He’s a RAAAAAAACIST!!!”

  9. myiq2xu says:

  10. yttik says:

    ROFL! MSNBC is talking about Romney having “secret meetings” with black leaders to win their support. Apparently he also “rigged” the NAACP crowd by “flying in black supporters” who are responsible for the cheering and standing ovation.

    It’s kind of funny because the theme is, “How dare he! We OWN black voters.” Somebody is going to come out and say that and it’s going to make a great Romney ad.

  11. yttik says:

    Apparently attendance for the NAACP Biden speech is not very good. Lots of empty seats. NAACP leaders are blaming the rain.

  12. wmcb says:

    I’m now LMAO, because they are handwringing over how “stupid” Mitt and Ann were to be photographed on their jetski while on their July 4th vacation. Really bad move, the pundits say…. I mean, how out of touch and elitist!

    I am laughing my butt off because the urban media intelligentsia saying this probably only see jetskis in Bond movies. They are wishcasting that the jetski looks all rich playboyi or something, and will hurt Romney.

    I am laughing harder because they are so out of touch and clueless, they obviously have no idea where “jetski” falls in popular ordinary American culture. Jetskis are redneck, you dumbasses. They are about as common in lower middle class neighborhoods and trailer parks near lakes as freaking bass boats. I know people who live in a crap house with a crap car, but they have a jetski. They are like dirtbikes for people who live near water. They are what the fat poor redneck families camping cheap at the lake rent by the day or week to entertain themselves. While drinking beer. And eating hotdogs. And telling crude jokes. And teasing Uncle Jim about his potbelly. And yelling at junior to stop doing cannonballs on top of his sister.

    The pundits are cracking me up. They are revealing that THEY are the ones out of touch and clueless about ordinary people hanging out at the lake, not Romney. Jetskis elitist??? What country do they live in?

      • votermom says:

        This comment on hotair is exactly what I was thinking:

        Who would you rather vote for? A dude on a jetski or a dude on a girls bike wearing Mom jeans?

    • wmcb says:

      Still laughing over this. How many country music videos feature jetskis, dirtbikes, four-wheelers? It’s all the same thing, morons. It’s what flyover country spends their scrimped and saved money on, not that coveted Pravda purse they saved all year for. They buy their clothes at WalMart, drink regular coffee, and buy big loud toys for the family. What idiot doesn’t know this??

      • elliesmom says:

        The “press” has this whole vacation thing wrong. The Romneys are vacationing in a spot that teachers, firefighters, cops, and plumbers go every summer. Some own cottages and some rent them for a week. The Romneys have an above average place, but how do you invite a family their size for a week’s vacation if you have a 4-room cottage? My girlfriends and I rented a row of little cottages there for a week when our kids were small. I don’t remember how much it cost us, but none of us were “wealthy”, and it was little enough that our husbands didn’t complain about being left home while we “splurged” on a week at the beach with toddlers to teenagers in tow. If I had said I was renting a place at Martha’s Vineyard, I don’t think it would have played really well, though.

    • HELENK says:

      having kids that live at the Jersy Shore and go jetsking all summer long with friends, I know that it is NOT a rich man’s sport

    • DeniseVB says:

      We live on a small lake with a catamaran, bass boat and a pontoon party boat. We’d have a jetski but gas powered motors aren’t allowed on the lake. It’s why we HAVE a house on a lake. So why have a vacation house on a lake if you’re not going to enjoy it to the max. We are not RICH, just prioritize our fun 😀

    • wyntre says:

      I just sent this email to Daniel Henninger with the title Absurd article in the subject line.

      My family was far from wealthy and with nine kids our yearly vacations were inevitably camping. My parents would rent a boat sometimes. There were no jet skis then but we all water skied. Many families in the upstate NY area where I live spend money on boats, jet skis, ATV’s, snowmobiles and the like. That’s ALL they buy. Jet skiing is a common summer past time and those who can’t buy them outright can certainly rent them. You are way off base with your criticism.

      And, I might add, elitist and dare I say racist (against white hobbies).

      • Locked-N-Loaded says:

        I’m from upstate NY (Finger Lakes area) and you are absolutely spot on about jet skis, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, etc. and all the people I know in that area area are middle class or lower middle class and none are even close to being considered rich.

    • Glennmcgahee says:

      You just described my family.

  13. angienc says:

    Michael Tomasky is one reason, in a long list, of why the Obamcrats make me sick. It isn’t just their stupidity — it is their hateful, lying, shameless malice.

  14. elliesmom says:

    Check out #ObamaExcuses4SkippingNAACP Some funny stuff

  15. HELENK says:


    if you want to look for racist, you can find it, even when it is not there.

    this reminds me of when we were told we could not use the term ” black Friday” for the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday referred to a bookkeeping term of the stores going from red ink to black ink on the day after Thanksgiving because it was the biggest shopping day of the year.
    But there is always some fool with little knowledge looking for an excuse to preach political correctness

  16. Oswald says:

    Jumping the shark:

    MSNBC: Romney NAACP speech part of ‘racist’ southern strategy

    Last night on MSNBC, host Lawrence O’Donnell said that Romney’s NAACP speech was part of a Republican ‘southern strategy’ used to appeal to ‘racial and racist voting.’

    Speaking to TheGrio.com’s Goldie Taylor, O’Donnell said, “Tell me, Goldie, if I’m being too cynical, to think that the Romney campaign actually went in that room today with the hope of getting booed, at least three times, because they want the video of their candidate being booed by the NAACP to play in certain racist precincts where that will actually help them.”

    Taylor agreed with O’Donnell’s assessment, adding Romney appeared “paternalistic” and criticized him for using a “derisive word” like “Obamacare” to describe the President’s Affordable Health Care act.

    Another one O’Donnell’s guests, Mark Thompson, said that Romney appeared “culturally ignorant” after referring to an African-American serving in his “kitchen cabinet” when he was governor in Massachusetts.

    “To talk about being in the kitchen and not talk about an African-American actually being in your cabinet is really not a good metaphor to use with African-Americans,” he said disapprovingly.

    Toure, a MSNBC co-host, questioned Romney’s use of slogan, “if you understand who I truly am in my heart.”

    “Isn’t that the kind of thing you hear people say when they’re accused of being racist, and they’re trying to make an apology?” he asked.

    Toure concluded, “He’s not saying he’s racist, but he’s saying ‘the Republican party has been racist, but I am not.’”

    • The growing defensiveness on this alone suggests what a threat Romney is to Obama, even among black voters. Maybe Wayne Allan Root was right. Maybe Obama will “only” get 88% of the black vote. Hmmm.

  17. HELENK says:

    the boston globe revived an old story about Romney and Bains. the dems are calling Romney a liar and and a might be felon over it.
    the story is a rehash of old news and now the boston globe admits it got the story from mother jones


  18. r u reddy says:

    I was severely reprimanded recently for calling it BO Romneycare, but I will continue to do so, and here’s why. It was modeled on Romney’s Massachusetts Romneycare concept which was itself modeled on Heritage Foundation concepts designed to draft millions of new premium slaves onto Big Insura’s premium plantation. Obama just took it national. And he had crucial help from Baucus very early in the discussion process. Baucus went so far as to have Single Payer advocates who were nurses and doctors arrested and thrown out of “his” hearing to pre-censor informed talk of Single Payer from ever showing up on CSPAN. So . . . Baucus-Obama Romneycare.
    B O Romneycare. Such it is and such it will remain so far as I’m concerned.

  19. HELENK says:


    I love today’s picture

  20. yttik says:

    This meme about how Romney is evil and rich and rides a jet ski may not be a winning strategy. Only 20% of those surveyed are troubled by Mitt’s wealth, most of them Democrats.


  21. Oswald says:

    Transparency for thee but not for me:

  22. votermom says:

    OT. Love this pic

  23. HELENK says:

    I do not know about anyone else, but this does not make me happy but does make me worry about the country

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