Less than four years after President Obama swept into the White House with the overwhelming support of the black community, Mitt Romney appeared on Wednesday before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with a bold claim: “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Mr. Romney said.
His assertion was met with cackles and boos – as well as some tepid applause – and was emblematic of his entire speech, in which he tried to appeal to the African-American community, while still offering some tough medicine and policy prescriptions unpopular with the group.
Romney’s going to have a tough time winning any of the black vote, considering his main draws for them are his opposition to same-sex marriage and the fact that his dad fought for civil rights.
Obama’s campaign can sweep the first to the side by making the link between opposition to same-sex marriage and interracial marriage. As for the second point, who cares what Romney’s father did 50 years ago?