Less an NAACP Convention, More a Gong Show
Mitt Romney took his customary patrician charm to the NAACP. The results were predictable.
I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president.
That went so well, he gave an encore:
And here he is fully communicating:
Speaking at the NAACP conference in Houston, Texas, Mitt Romney asserted that he would repeal “wasteful” programs that don’t promote job growth. “Including Obamacare,” Romney said, to a resounding chorus of boos from the crowd.
I think the only way it could have gone better is if he’d turned up in blackface and talked about how much he liked chittlins while moonwalking.
The Guardian‘s inimitable Richard Adams has the full grisly blow-by-blow here. His chief takeaway:
What will be overlooked in discussion of the booing of Mitt Romney is what he actually called healthcare reform: a “non-essential programme”.
More: Wonkette has a natty, concise liveblog of its own. It includes this view of his speech, which maybe explains why the booing wasn’t louder.