Romney Treated the NAALCP as an Audience of Equals and That Scares the Left
Jul 12, 2012
RUSH: The first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man. That was Joe Biden back in 2007. Biden spoke to the NAALCP today and he got booed when he left. He got booed when he said he was going to stop speaking. I think the audience didn’t want the laughs to stop.
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And just as predicted yesterday, the media, all they can do, all they’ve been doing is running nonstop repeats — it’s like the Rodney King beating all over again — of Romney being booed at the NAACP yesterday. The media is as excited as they were during the Rodney King beating, replaying that thing over and over and over. And Pelosi, Pelosi may be the one that has figured this out. Did you hear what Pelosi said? Pelosi said to Bloomberg TV it was all a setup, that Romney wanted to be booed by the NAALCP, that he went there for the express purpose of ticking ’em off so that he would get booed because Romney was playing to the racist white vote. That it is a benefit — is what she meant — it is a benefit to Romney for the rest of the voters in America, to get booed by the NAACP.
Now, if she’s right, then the State-Controlled Media has certainly fallen into his trap. (laughing) Romney laid this cleverly — well, formulated plan, a trap, and the media’s fallen right into it ’cause they’re playing that clip, as I said, like it’s like the Second Coming of the Rodney King beating. (interruption) Yes, yes, we mentioned he got a standing O at the end of the speech, but they’re not mentioning that. They’re not talking about that. In fact, let me ask you, how disgusting would it have been — what did Romney get booed for? He said he’s going to repeal Obamacare. So these people, I guess, want higher taxes, they want death panels, they want all of the chaos that’s going to come with Obamacare.
Imagine if Romney had told them what they wanted to hear, how would that have gone? If Romney had told the NAALCP what they wanted to hear, he would have said, “Under a Romney administration, we will get even more blacks on food stamps than President Obama has.” Yeah, right on, dude, right on. We’ve gotta be honest about this, Snerdley. Romney got booed for articulating policies that would improve the lives of every American. He did. He got booed for policies that are designed to improve the lives and lifestyles of every American, did he not?
Okay. So what could he have said that would have generated applause? Well, I was thinking about it. He could have said, “Under a Romney administration, we will get even more of you on food stamps than President Obama has.” Right on. “We will keep unemployment above 14% for black Americans, and we will raise the minimum wage so that 75% of blacks won’t have a job.” Right on, dude, right on. (interruption) You say he would have been booed if he said that? No, wait a minute. He was booed for saying the opposite, because Romney’s policies want to reduce black unemployment. Romney’s policies want to reduce the number of people on food stamps. Romney’s policies want more people working, and that got booed, so I’m simply asking what could he have said that would have generated cheer?
He got booed for telling the truth. Biden got booed because he stopped lying. Biden’s speech was a lie. He ends his speech, they boo. The audience wanted Biden to keep lying to ’em. They asked the spokeskid, Jay Carney, “Why isn’t Obama here?” The spokeskid said, (paraphrasing) “President Obama, he doesn’t go in for voting bloc speeches,” or something like that. He doesn’t pay attention to voting blocs. And Donna Brazile said that Obama was there in spirit. We have that. Grab audio sound bite number seven. Wolf Blitzer is ticked off that Obama didn’t go the NAALCP. Did you hear about that? Everything CNN’s doing is a ratings ploy these days. Here’s Brazile, and Wolf Blitzer said, “I think he shoulda gone as well. I think Obama should have gone. Why didn’t he go?”
BRAZILE: First of all, I thought the president was there in spirit. Eric Holder was there yesterday. The vice president’s gone.
RUSH: He was there in spirit. See, here’s the thing. Mitt Romney treated the members of the NAALCP as though they were independent thinking adult citizens, and he got booed. He treated them with respect, and he got booed. He treated them with equality. He treated ’em as equals. He got booed. Another sound bite. This is a good one. I’m not playing this because I’m in it. This is another one of those days where, if I wanted to, every sound bite could be me. This is Jonathan Karl on Good Morning America today and they’re doing a report on Romney’s speech.
KARL: Rush Limbaugh went after President Obama for not even showing up to speak.
RUSH ARCHIVE: To send Biden to the NAALCP, the first black president, election year, can’t show up to your convention? He’s confident they’ll boo Romney simply cause Romney’s white.
KARL: Four years ago then-candidate John McCain took a different approach and praised his opponent.
MCCAIN: Senator Obama talks about making history, and he’s made quite a bit of it already. And the way was prepared by this venerable organization and others like it.
KARL: And he received a standing ovation.
RUSH: See? The media wants Romney to do what McCain did. I had forgotten this, but now I play this sound bite and I’m reminded. McCain went to the NAALCP, he praised Obama, and then praised the NAALCP. He even praised the Congressional Black Caucasians for preparing Obama for his history making campaign, and he did indeed get a standing ovation. And he got shellacked in the election. But he did what the media wanted him to do. He went in there and he praised Obama, and he praised the NAALCP and the Congressional Black Caucasians for preparing Obama for his moment in history. Right on, Senator, you just killed yourself, and we love it. We can’t be happier. You came here, and you fell on your sword for us, and you know what that’s gonna get you? Defeat.
Now, I realize it may be somewhat controversial to say, and I certainly am no stranger to controversy, but I live in Realville, and logic and common sense perhaps are my burden. I’m burdened with logic. I’m burdened with common sense. If Romney goes in there, treats them as equals, if he treated them as independent thinking adults and gets booed, then what could he have said to engender applause? And I’m thinking more of the same? He could have gone in and promised what Obama’s gonna give ’em. He got applause on gay marriage. He got applause on that. But I’m not dealing with what really happened in there, Snerdley. I’m dealing with a perception. Perception’s reality, and the perception is he got booed all day long. That’s the media. Every news story from last night, yesterday afternoon, through today, is that Romney got booed. That’s what I’m dealing with.
So if he got booed for treating them as independent thinking adult citizens, what could he have been praised for? Giving them more of what Obama’s given ’em? I guess that’s what they’re happy with? Okay, how about 15% unemployment. “I, Mitt Romney guarantee 15% unemployment in the black community.” Right on. That’s what we want to hear. “Now, I guarantee that 80% of black Americans will be on food stamps after my second year in office.” Right on. That’s exactly what we want to hear. (interruption) Well, of course it sounds absurd, but the whole thing’s absurd. This is my point.
The Obamacare tax gets cheered because Obama has lied about every aspect of it. Democrats are convinced they can trade food stamps for votes, cash in on the ignorance of the people that they lie to. I mean it’s the lowest form of politics. It’s a betrayal. Obama and the Democrats get away with betraying these people, and these people applaud them. The Democrats have promised variations on a Utopian theme since LBJ’s Great Society. The intent was to do nothing more than buy votes with trinkets of dependency and false hope. And so fraud has been the Democrats’ platform for black America for 50 years. And yesterday it was illustrated, that the Democrat Party platform is fraud. Yesterday on this program, ladies and gentlemen, talking about what Romney was doing and so forth, I ventured this opinion.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Now, what do I think Romney was really doing here in this speech today? I don’t think he was speaking to that audience. That’s why I kinda got a little short with Snerdley. I think Romney used the forum. He knew there’s media there. I think he used the forum to try to take the occasion here to spread his own message about the economy and everything else he’s trying to accomplish in his campaign. I think he used this event as an opportunity, rather than to speak to these people directly as his primary purpose.
RUSH: So we put together a montage of various media figures all over the place — from the Washington Post, to CNN, to NBC, to Nancy Pelosi — and this is what we found when we put the montage together.
JOY-ANN REID: He went in there with an eye toward an audience which is really not black voters.
MIKE VIQUEIRA: Mitt Romney intentionally and willfully antagonized the audience down in Houston today!
BROOKE BALDWIN: That whole line about repealing Obamacare? Could he — Maybe? — have been aiming at his own base with that one?
BEN JEALOUS: He really wasn’t trying to talk to them. He was trying to talk to somebody else.
WILLIE BROWN: He did not speak to the working-class people who were in that room. He spoke beyond them.
JONATHAN CAPEHART: The other audience is still his core constituency, his base.
CORNELL BELCHER: He wasn’t there to try to have a conversation with NAACP. He was there this afternoon to have a conversation with his Republican base.
NANCY PELOSI: It was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.
RUSH: Yeah, so I guess I called it. Show prep for the rest of the media. I said he was speaking to people beyond the audience, and that’s what these people thought, too, and that was Pelosi at the end. It was “a calculated move to get booed.” Why would he want to get booed? What’s the calculation, that it’s helpful to get booed at the NAACP? That’s very cynical, is it not, folks? How much cynicism do you have to have to sit there and think Romney purposely went in there to get booed by the NAALCP so as to benefit him with other voting blocs? I can’t imagine anybody doing anything like that, not in American politics. It’s a new low. I can’t fathom it.
Romney himself, last night on Fox News Channel, was with Neil Cavuto, who said, “What’s your reaction to the fact that you got a booed in there?”
ROMNEY: I think we expected that, of course. But, you know, I’m gonna give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs. And if jobs is the priority, then we’re gonna have to replace Obamacare with something that actually holds down health care costs, as opposed to causing more spending for the government and more spending for American families.
RUSH: Exactly. He went in there and he treated ’em like independent-thinking adults, as good citizens. He got booed for telling them how he wanted to improve their lives and the lives of all Americans. He got booed for it. And he knew he was going to. He shoulda gone in there and promised more disaster, promised more calamity. Now, the response from one NAALCP leader after his speech was quite telling.
Charlette Stoker Manning is a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP. It’s a subgroup. You have the NAALCP, and then under that umbrella you got the Congressional Black Caucasians, and then you have the Women in NAALCP. So there’s actually two NAALCPs that women can be members of. They can be a member of the umbrella group, and then the subgroup, Women in NAALCP. And this babe, Charlette Stoker Manning, is a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP.
She said, “I believe his vested interests are in white Americans. You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.” Black people don’t know about savings accounts; black people don’t know about entrepreneurship. Who does Romney think he’s talking to?
I’m not making this up. She said it. This is Charlette Stoker Manning. She said those exact words. (interruption) It’s not racist, Snerdley. It’s not possible in our political culture for blacks to be racist. The Reverend Jackson, in between mood swings, has told us this. There are no black racists. And do you know why? Because they don’t have the power to enforce, implement, or use, whatever, their racism. They don’t have the power. Tell it to Holder. Tell it to Obama. I’m telling you the active, accepted political theory is that racism among blacks is not possible.
I’ll tell you again what Charlette Stoker Manning, a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP said. “You cannot…” She’s talking about Romney. “You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.” So they don’t know savings accounts and entrepreneurship. I take you back. I take you back to Monday of this week on this program when I first introduced the notion of the economy and how it resonates as an economic issue.
RUSH: So you go into the NAALCP, you address the members like independent-thinking adult citizens, and you propose policies to improve their quality of life, and the quality of life of all black Americans. You try to empathize with the members of the NAALCP when it comes to jobs, and you have a woman say: You can’t talk about jobs of black people like Romney did! He’s talking about entrepreneurship and savings accounts? Black people don’t know what that is.
Does it sound to you like Ms. Stoker is saying blacks aren’t smart enough to start businesses or have savings accounts? Does it sound like she’s saying that blacks are inferior and stupid? She’s not saying that, obviously, but she wants people to think that blacks have nothing to do with savings accounts and entrepreneurship. (translated) “Are you kidding? We are so discriminated against, we are at such an unfair disadvantage, why, we can barely get back and forth to work in this racist country! What are you talking about, savings accounts and entrepreneurship?”
That’s what she wants people to think. But the way it comes across is that she doesn’t have any faith or confidence in black people to get a job, have a savings account, or start a business. She doesn’t want to admit that there’s a black middle class. Folks, I think this is sick. And not just sick; I think it is tragic. And I also think this is exactly what Barack Obama hoped would happen. Romney goes in there, and the aftermath is all about how he got booed and the color of his skin.
And I’ll tell you why. I think they’re scared to death of his message. He went in there and he did treat them as adults. And he did treat them as independent-thinking, competent citizens. And he treated them as equals. He treated ’em as people with the same desires as he’s got. Substance. Issues. I think they’re having a collective upset. Plus he looked good, and I think they’re panicked. I think they’re beside themselves here. Romney wasn’t supposed to pull this off that well.
RUSH: People are like Snerdley. They don’t believe — I mean they believe it. They just can’t process that this woman, Charlette Stoker Manning, actually said this. But she did. In criticizing Romney, she said, (paraphrasing) “He can’t come in here and talk about jobs for black people like he did. He’s talking about entrepreneurship and savings accounts. Black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work. They don’t know savings accounts, entrepreneurship.”
She doesn’t get that she’s making ’em sound inept, incompetent, stupid, uneducated, and totally dependent. What she wants people to think is the deck is so stacked against black people, it’s such a racist country, so much discrimination out there, why, entrepreneurship? Why, The Man ain’t gonna let that happen. Savings accounts? The blacks aren’t gonna be allowed to have savings accounts. Look at what the banks did to ’em in the subprime — that’s what she’s counting on. I guarantee you, that is what she’s counting on the black audience thinking of her remarks. She’s hoping to create a bond with these people. She wants to relate to what she thinks the plight of black people in America is. Savings accounts? What do you mean? Why, we can’t even find a way to get back and forth to work.
Well, who has been president for the past three-and-a-half years, and who was supposed to fix all that? Who was supposed to make this better while it’s gotten worse? Romney hadn’t anything to do with this. Romney hadn’t lost one job for these people. Romney has not done one thing that has impacted these people in any way, pro or con. He’s been nothing but a candidate for the last three-and-a-half years. (interruption) I know. Well, there is no firestorm over this because this is the kind of comment the media wants. This is what the left wants out of a Romney trip to the NAACP. They want comments. Romney’s too white. Romney got booed. Obama wants this about skin color.
They might say, why is Obama not there? Would you go to the NAALCP with your record, with your economic record? You’ve got 14.4% black unemployment. Look at all the other horrible statistics involving black life in America, would you want to go there? That’s why he’s not showing up. He doesn’t have a story to tell ’em. So he sends surrogates out there, like Holder and Biden, to tell these people, “Now, you gotta have Barack’s back, ’cause these mean people are after our president, after our historical president, gotta have your back.” He doesn’t have the guts to go, and the Drive-Bys can’t figure this out. Grab sound bite six. Let’s do that one first. This is Wolf Blitzer last night on The Situation Room on CNN.
BLITZER: HereÂ’s something IÂ’d like to say to President Obama: You should have attended the NAACP convention in Houston today. Mitt Romney did. It was the right thing to do. The Republican knows the nationÂ’s oldest civil-rights group isnÂ’t exactly friendly turf but he went anyway. It was a smart political move for Mitt Romney to address the NAACP. He knows he is not going to win over a lot of black voters, but attending these kinds of events is important in reassuring a lot of those suburban white voters that he is a moderate, decent politician, someone who wants to work with all Americans. IÂ’m surprised the president was a no-show. The president should not take the African-American vote for granted. My bottom line is this: Romney did the right thing on this day; the president did not.
RUSH: Wait a second. What just happened here? Aside from what Wolf said, this is a breakout. This is Wolf Blitzer doing commentary not disguised as news. Normally Wolf does this stuff as news, but this was obviously Wolf Blitzer doing an editorial. This is unheard of for CNN. They usually bring in guests and commentators. Wolf, right from the anchor chair, delivered an editorial, so to speak. I guess they’re trying to break out of the doldrums there at CNN with an opinion, stated opinion. That’s what it was.
It was an undisguised opinion. Wolf wasn’t pretending to be objective here. He branched out. If I didn’t know better I’d say he’s auditioning for Fox. Maybe MSNBC. No, it wasn’t hard hitting enough. You can’t audition for MSNBC criticizing Obama, so it wasn’t that. He had to be auditioning for Fox. Here’s Romney. Romney coming out of the NAACP went over to Cavuto on the Fox News Channel, and Cavuto said, “Four years ago, Obama got 96% of the black vote. You expect to chip away at that?”
ROMNEY: I do, actually, and I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event, and they said, you know, a lot of folks don’t want to say they’re not gonna be voting for Barack Obama, but they’re disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools, disappointed in urban policy, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get this economy going. So I expect to get African-American votes. And, by the way, at the end of my speech, having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience, and I believe that while we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, on a lot of issues people see eye-to-eye.
RUSH: Well, the point of that is that Romney said a bunch of them told him that they’re dissatisfied with Obama, when the thing was over, in private. Of course, the deal is he will not mention their names. But the Atlantic, a reporterette by the name of Molly Ball: “Why Isn’t Obama Speaking to the NAACP?” The Drive-Bys can’t figure this out. Wolf Blitzer is not alone.
“President Obama is going to win the African-American vote. By a lot. Let’s just get that out of the way. Even so, his decision not to speak at this week’s NAACP convention is perplexing. … The official explanation from the White House was that Obama had ‘scheduling’ issues. When the president is invited and sends an underling instead, that’s an undeniable dis, especially when his opponent shows up in person. Obama, who won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008 … may believe he can afford to take black voters for granted. But that’s not at all clear.”
So the Drive-Bys are trying to figure out why would Obama dis the brothers and the sisters at the NAALCP? ‘Cause they can’t find an obvious political explanation for it. All they gotta do is listen to me. Obama doesn’t have the guts to show up. He’s got no story to tell. He can’t go up there and say, “You want four more years of this? Working together, we can make it even better.” He can’t say anything like that. There’s not one positive he can go before that group and say. So he has to send the underlings in there to present this tale about how they’re all out after Obama. Send Holder in there and send Biden in there and say, “You gotta have Obama’s back. You gotta hold the brothers back because out to get him.” That’s about all they can do.
You remember the book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin? The Democrats of old fought to keep blacks living on the plantation, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. We need to revise that. Now the Democrats fight to keep blacks on the dependency plantation. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, no. It’s now Uncle Sam’s Cabin. That’s exactly what’s happened. Uncle Sam’s Cabin.
We’re gonna start Arlington, Virginia. Hi, Joe. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: First, I think Ms. Charlette has Joe Biden writing her talking points for her, because him and his Mexicans living in the tiny house while the parents do it next door, only he could put his foot in his mouth like that. And she followed in his footsteps. But I think Romney going to the NAACP is huge on several accounts. I think it helps to turn independents. My wife is an independent. I’m a Republican. But I —
RUSH: Tell me how. I want to understand this independent business. How does Romney going to the NAALCP help him with independents?
CALLER: Well, because I think that, you know, the fact that he can go in there and say the same thing to them, knowing that they’re not gonna agree with him, it helps people to think, okay, I can get behind a guy who’s gonna go in there —
RUSH: So it’s kind of like what Wolf Blitzer said, Romney going to the NAACP shows the independents that Romney is for all Americans. That Romney wants the best for everyone. Romney’s willing to reach out and work with even those who disagree. And that’s what the independents want. They want somebody that’s gonna work with the people and hate ’em. They want somebody that’s gonna work with the people who disagree with ’em and that’s how you get the independent vote. So Romney going in there to the NAACP, enemy territory, that is gonna redound very favorably with the independent vote. Is that how it works?
CALLER: Yeah. I think the independents, even more so than Republicans, have really still been, you know, very undecided about which direction they’re gonna go. And I just heard somebody yesterday say they were leaning towards Romney. Myself, I was a Ron Paul guy. I like what the Ron Paul message is. It’s very clear: I’m gonna dismantle this government and start over. So I’ve had a hard time with Romney ’cause he seems, you know, kind of aloof, kind of political.
RUSH: You’re warming up to Romney ’cause he went to the NAALCP and treated ’em as equals?
CALLER: Absolutely. And that was a huge turning point for myself and for my wife, which is a registered Independent.
RUSH: Right. Cool. Cool. Well, the only loser here is Ron Paul. I’m glad you called.
RUSH: To refresh your memory if you’re just joining us. One of the comments from a lot of ranking leaders at the NAALCP, after Romney’s speech yesterday… Her name is Charlette Stoker Manning, she is a chairwoman of Women in the NAALCP. She told the website BuzzFeed (this is the source for it in case you want to independently confirm this for yourself), following Romney’s speech at the NAALCP in Houston on Wednesday…
Charlette Stoker Manning said to Buzz Feed, “You can’t possibly talk about jobs for black people at a level Romney’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.” Okay, they don’t know savings accounts, entrepreneurship. So let’s try an experiment. Let’s pretend that Romney went in and spoke to the members of the NAALCP in a way that Charlette Stoker Manning says that he would have related better, that would have succeeded.
Let’s pretend that Romney was there, and he said, “I’m not here to talk to you about jobs. Certainly not jobs in the way I understand them. I don’t want to talk to you and waste your time about entrepreneurism, starting your own businesses, being financially independent. I don’t want to talk to you about savings accounts, 401(k)s, retirement funds, planning for your future, because I know that you people are barely bright enough to get back and forth to work, if you can find a job.
“So I don’t want to talk to you the way I talk to most everybody else about jobs. I want to talk to you in a way you understand it — and that is, you don’t have any, and you don’t know how to find one, and if you do find one, all you can barely manage to do is get back and forth to it.” Now, what if he’d said that? What if Romney had approached the members of the NAALCP as Charlette Stoker Manning seems to have suggested would have been a better way to do it?
Folks, I shudder to tell you what the news last night and all day today would be if Romney had gone in there and said that. Yet, Romney can go in there and treat them as adults, as equals. He can relate to them as human beings who have the same aspirations that he does. He can say that he understands they’re no different than he is. They want the same thing he wants, and vice-versa. He wants the same things they want.
And the reaction is, “He’s too white; he doesn’t get it. He’s too rich. We want Obama. We want 14.5% unemployment, not 14.4%! We want more food stamps. And, by the way, who do you think you are to come in here and talk to us about jobs? You don’t understand jobs like we do!” It’s mind-boggling. This organization, which was founded by three rich white people… Did you know that? Not that it matters to anything now, but three rich white people founded the NAALCP. White Republicans, in fact.
Rich white Republicans founded the NAACP.
The first president of the NAACP was a rich white Republican. All of its original officers, except one, were rich white Republicans. All of its early members and officers, black or white, were Republicans. NAACP was formed to fight Jim Crow laws, which were instituted in the South to keep blacks and poor whites from voting for Republicans. And now the NAACP has become an organization expressly devoted to keep blacks from voting for Republicans. Pure and simple. That’s all it exists for, to make sure they don’t vote for Republicans.
That’s it. Because that’s how the leaders of the NAACP remain at the table of power at the Democrat Party. They are part of the civil rights coalition, and their job is to turn out that vote every four years for the Democrat candidate. It doesn’t matter who or what he or she is. That’s the express reason for the NAACP’s existence. It’s the primary objective, is to make sure that blacks don’t vote Republican. That’s all it’s for, ’cause it’s certainly not accomplishing anything else. Is it?