Even Later Update, 10:58pm: And Roland Martin of TV One's Washington Watch, tweeted earlier today: "Romney bussed in about 200 supporters, including a number of African Americans, including Fla Lt Gov Jennifer Carroll."Turns out those black leaders Romney touted he spoke with at the NAACP to Fox News were all people he brought in so he could get applause which is Democrat lite but then Romney has stacked his Town Halls including in 2008 with fellow Mormons and planted questions. The people at the NAACP Convention were respectful of Romney for showing up but it looks like that respect was a one-way street. Romney went on to say he knew he would be booed when he used 'Obamacare' instead of the real title 'Affordable Health Care Act' so why did he use that term which many blacks consider a slur against Obama? Was it really so he could show the right how conservative he was to go into the NAACP and used Obamacare knowing he would get booed as has been alleged? Sure looks like it after he had this to say at the fundraiser he attended after the event:
"If they are looking for free stuff, look to the other guy" (Mitt Romney, 7/11/2012)With that statement, he is slandering blacks like they are all lazy who belong to the NAACP which is not the case. It is the oldest Civil Rights organization in America -- don't always agree with some of their leaders and what they have to say or support, but also am not dumb enough to think they are all looking for free stuff. Bet the Romney reception at the NAACP Convention after the facts have come out would not be close to the same as he received yesterday.
As a Republican and former party office holder, I find Romney and the people surrounding him an embarrassment and their tactics offensive and disgusting but then many of us have considered Romney Dem-lite from Day One. The days of Ronald Reagan Republicans have come and gone when we could expect a large number of blacks to vote for the Party that gave them their civil rights. That party has been replaced by a lot of former Democrats from the south and other places who decided to become Republican to get elected. It is not a good fit for those of us who believed in working across the aisle for all Americans not just a select few rich donors and lobbyist we see today who have bought and paid for some Republican members of the Congress now. Looks like a lot of this goes back to Abramoff and has gotten worse. They are acting like Democrats. When I see Republicans accusing Democrats of what they are doing, I cringe because that is an old Democrat tactic.
For more details on the Romney speech to the NAACP from the perspective of people who were there, please visit MSNBC
Did you know that Republicans in the House have voted 33 times to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Law? There is one slight problem -- there is no replacement. Last night, the word came out that 1/3 of all major votes in the House since Republicans took over have been to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Law so 33 times the Republicans in the House have lied since there is NO replacement?
I have to admit that I burst out laughing at the clip of Democrat Congressman Al Green from Texas last night on the floor of the House who said his district had demanded he read the original bill and the replacement bill before voting. He went on to say he was now going to read half of the replacement bill -- silence -- then he was going to read the other half -- silence and then the whole replacement bill -- silence. The look on his face was worth a 1,000 words: