It has long been suggested by some that Republicans have purposely used “race-baiting” to mobilize the white evangelical base, and to alienate black voters. President Obama carried the Black vote in the 2008 election by 95%. Recent polls predict that Obama will again carry the vast majority of Black votes in the 2012 election by 87%.
Logically, Mitt Romney would like to attract some of those voters. Logically, Romney would seek to address the NAAP to attempt to gain their support, and a greater proportion of the Black Vote. Romney DID give a speech to the NAACP. When he referred to “Obamacare” and indicated he would repeal it, the crowd booed.
Do you think Romney was surprised by those boos? Twenty one percent of Black Americans are uninsured. Black Americans tend to be Democratic, and tend to support the Affordable Care Act. Thus it was strange for Romney to make reference to his intention to repeal “Obamacare” and to refer to medical services as “non-essential” care. Watching the Romney speech it would appear that he was almost wanting to inspires boos from the crowd. MSNBC had the same reaction.
Then Romney went on to admit that he “Expected” boos from the crowd. . Thus Romney admitted that he knew before going to give that speech that he was going to incite a crown of Blacks. Why would he want to do that? The only logical reason was to get footage of the speech, and the boos to use to appeal to his white, conservative base.
This was not a case of Romney being out of touch.
It was a perfect example of race-baiting.