Mitt Romney is not giving up on the black vote.
The billionaire Republican nominee for president will address the NAACP’s national convention in July at a time when Romney is being attacked by the Obama campaign for being completely out of touch with many hard-working Americans, and particularly with the black community.
Will Romney explain to civil rights leaders why he belongs to a Mormon religion that believes blacks were actually “cursed” with dark skin by God?
Romney, who has a net worth of about $200 million, comes to the NAACP convention with plenty of rhetorical baggage. He famously said during separate interviews that:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor.” "
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
"[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs."
"I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed."
And here’s a personal favorite: During an uncomfortable photo-op with a group of black kids at a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade, Romney uttered this bizarre remark: "Who let the dogs out? Who, who."
Condescending. Racially insensitive. Ignorant.
And what was his point?
Romney is the worst kind of politician: he’s a political shape-shifter: He tries to transform himself into the audience that he’s speaking to at the moment.
Last month, for example, he told a group white blue-collar Southerners that he now likes “grits,” but said he’s never eaten grits on a regular basis – if at all.
So what can Romney say to NAACP delegates to persuade African-Americans to embrace his candidacy?
Probably nothing – but that won’t stop Romney from trying.