ANALYSIS: Romney Goes After the Black Vote

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  • 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?

    Not likely.

    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.

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