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.

“I think we all know that 90 percent, if not more, of blacks are Democrats and will vote for President Obama,” Tara Wall, Romney’s newly-hired African-American adviser told Urban Faith.

“So, people need to know that we do have a message and that the Obama campaign doesn’t have a lock on the black vote,” Wall said. “Our goal is not to take any vote for granted. We also have to make sure that we’re continuing to reach out broadly to our base, our base of black conservatives, Republicans, moderates, those who have supported us in the past and those who may have voted for Obama, but are looking for us to say, “Come back home.”

Come back home? When has the Republican Party been “home” for black Americans? When has the GOP honestly embraced racial diversity and championed the causes for black people, the poor, and those who have lost faith in the federal government?

Romney’s only hope is to turn blacks against Obama by talking about how the economy is hurting African-Americans with a 13 percent unemployment rate.

“Why aren’t we talking more about black unemployment? Black joblessness? We are, but I have yet to hear anything substantive from this administration,” Wall insisted.

“And, God knows, I’m sure President Obama means well. He’s absolutely a likable person. I’m sure folks feel compelled every time they hear him speak, but what has the soaring rhetoric resulted in?” she added. “When you have 40 straight months of job loss, what has that done to the black community? What has that done for black job growth and entrepreneurship?”

Wall’s comments come as the Obama campaign released two more television ads this week saying that Romney continues to evade his record as governor of Massachusetts.

Obama aides say when Romney ran for governor, he promised that he wouldn’t raise taxes, but he left Massachusetts in bad fiscal condition.

As highlighted in the ad, entitled “Mosaic,” the Obama campaign says Romney raised more than 1,000 taxes and fees totaling more than $1.5 billion.

The Obama campaign says Romney raised each resident’s tax burden by $1,200 per person, an increase of 30 percent and increased fees for everything from milk to nursing homes, from school bus rides to poultry inspections.

And on July 12 in Houston, NAACP delegates will directly hear from Romney as he tries to convince the longtime civil rights organization that his vision for the nation – not President Barack Obama’s – will best serve black Americans.

“Every four years we invite the presidential candidates to address our convention, and we are delighted that Governor Romney has decided to join us,” NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement. “Governor Romney will have the opportunity to speak to NAACP leaders from every state in the nation. We are proud to offer a forum to discuss the important issues of the day.”

Let's see what Romney does with the opportunity.

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9 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Romney Goes After the Black Vote

  1. FTSMITH on said:

    The only way Mitt gets in the White House is if the Rethugithans and the tea baggers pull off another scam that tops the 2000 election. If they try the butterfly ballots, we have to pay attention. If they don’t let a Democratic heavy voter precient open on time, we know the ‘fix’ is in. Let’s keep praying that President Obama gets a second term and gets a Congress that will work WITH him.
    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. BurntOffering on said:

    I hope the NAACP gives Mr. Romney the What Fors asking Him why Newt and the rest of Mitt’s friends met and conspired in the dark of night to ensure President Obama wouldnt get credit for the things he has done. Why are We letting these leaches get away with talking loud and saying Nothing? Its time for the GOP to become very uncomfortable when it realates to Contempt Charges of Eric Holder, Impreachment rumors about our President all while Mitt refuses to release his Taxes and information about his Camon Island holdings

  3. DeMarti08 on said:

    ……Oh well here we go agan……..’Beware”……Wolf I n Sheep Clothing…….Black….these people …… ‘Republican Party’…..not looking out for…..don’t be Fooled….by all these 7 or 8… Black Republican Folks they march in front of you……..You better not just cover your plate…….make sure you ‘C.Y.A’

  4. YadaYada on said:

    Mr Greedy…now he`s interested in Blacks, that will fade away right after the elections are over. Don`t fall for the Banana in the tail pipe

  5. FTSMITH on said:

    If President Obama is no different than GWB, how come the Rethugithans and the tea baggers wants him as a ‘one term President’? MY President is doing a better job than Dubya and you all don’t like it!!

  6. grayd0307 on said:

    I sure hope the NAACP grills his a– with every question that they can think of with regard to the black community, unemployment stats. & other issues. That should make for an interesting conversation. This man is not to be trusted with anything; he changes his stance on issues the way that I change clothes.

  7. navi12 on said:

    Mitt Romney has his work cut out for him. He comes across as robotic and disconnected when out of his comfort zone. All the NAACP has to do is to look at his record as governor of Massachusetts. That will provide an idea of where Romney is going. He may get polite applause at the NAACP convention but Romney still has to contend with the Tea party faction of the Republican party. They can put him on the fast track at the Republican convention or shut him down altogether.

  8. Its Aiigt Im All White on said:

    Obama is no different than George Bush is no different than Clinton Is no different than George Sr. And the next president will be no different than Obama. The only differences you see are in the media which placate to everyone’s ignorance of policies. Obama is an actor. All of the presidents are actors and your watching a movie. The presidential race/debates have turned into a game. Even the terminology used during debates is that of a children’s game i.e “He really scored some points with that statement” or “He won voters in Texas”. Obama is just as bad as Bush he is just Bush 2.10. Bush was Clinton 2.0 and etc. Your just seeing a different version of the same agenda.

  9. singleDad on said:

    I don’t see how anyone with a heart and any common sense can vote against someone who has done more to help working folks than anyone else, during one of the worse economys on record, despite the opposition. We’ve had the worse presidency on record with George Bush, now we have the congress of “NO” trying to make it worse so that we can get Romney?? PASS! Romney will help himself before he helps anyone else.

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